PHEAA Reminds Students of Approaching 2018-19 PA State Grant Application Deadline

(Apr 25, 2018)

The 2018-19 PA State Grant application filing deadline is Tuesday, May 1. This deadline applies to all renewal applicants and first-time applicants who plan to enroll in colleges, universities, or a college transfer program at 2-year public or private colleges (except community colleges and designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institutions). Additionally, unlike a student loan, a grant is gift aid which does not have to be repaid. To apply for a PA State Grant, applicants must first complete the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants can access this form online by clicking here or here . In addition to completing the FAFSA, first-time applicants must also submit a completed PA State Grant Form. First-time applicants who submit the FAFSA online will be automatically redirected to the SGF by following the onscreen prompts on the confirmation page. First-time applicants who have already submitted their FAFSA but have not completed the SGF will receive an email directing them to PHEAA’s secure Account Access site for completion. Both applications are free to submit. First-time applicants who plan to enroll in a community college, business, trade, or technical school, a hospital school of nursing, a designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institution, or a non-transferable 2-year degree program at a community, 2-year or 4-year college have until Aug. 1, 2018 to complete their PA State Grant application. Students and families are Read more


Spring Newsletter 2018

(Apr 24, 2018)

Open to read my 2018 Spring Newsletter Read more


Lt. Gov. Stack, Reps. McNeill, Schlossberg, and Schweyer to Host Pathways to Pardons

(Apr 18, 2018)

Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack and local state Reps. Jeanne MCNeill, Mike Schlossberg, and Pete Schweyer will host a community event April 26 in Allentown to explain the process for obtaining a pardon or expungement of a past criminal conviction in Pennsylvania. Read more


Schweyer: Protect Our Children, Stand Up to Bullying

(Apr 10, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer joined parents, advocates and colleagues for a rally in Harrisburg to put a stop to bullying and stress the severe repercussions if victims continue enduring the pain. Read more


Monthly Medicare assistance continues April 17 at Schweyer’s office

(Apr 09, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, April 9 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, continues his monthly Medicare assistance meetings at his office next week. Read more


Schlossberg/Schweyer announce $266,673 for rail project in Lehigh County

(Mar 28, 2018)

State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, Lehigh County, have announced that 1.2 miles of track leading into and within RJ Corman’s Allentown yard will be refurbished in the near future. Schlossberg said the replacement of ties and ballast and track surfacing to maintain the track’s condition are planned. “Moving freight by rail not only reduces truck traffic but is fuel-efficient and has the lowest possible impact on the environment and also stimulates economic development of the Lehigh Valley area,” Schlossberg said. Schweyer said the grant program uses state General Fund money to preserve existing essential rail freight service by building and expanding rail freight capacity basically throughout Pennsylvania. “I am proud to see so many companies investing in a better future by railroad shipping and we are proud to do our part in Harrisburg to make sure these grants come to our area,” Schweyer said. The Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) provides financial assistance for investment in rail freight infrastructure. The intent of the program is to: preserve essential rail freight service where economically feasible, and preserve or stimulate economic development through the generation of new or expanded rail freight service. Read more


Schweyer: We Can Save Lives If We Pass Gun Reform Legislation

(Mar 14, 2018)

One month after the tragedy in Parkland, Fla., Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer participated in a news conference to demand change, fight for commonsense gun reform, and protect communities across the commonwealth. Read more


Rep. Schweyer testifies before House Veterans Affairs committee on his Veterans Suicide Prevention Grant Program

(Mar 06, 2018)

State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, highlighted his legislation ( H.B. 985 ) before the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee that would establish a Veteran Suicide Prevention Grant Program to be administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Schweyer said his legislation has two components: to establish the program for veterans to receive mental health and support and to provide a permanent funding stream in the state budget to specifically support veterans’ suicide prevention programs. “Often times we hear heartbreaking stories of how our veterans struggle with both the visible and invisible wounds of war,” Schweyer said. “Many veterans become frustrated and disenfranchised with the extremely complicated veterans’ benefits system and I want to change that.” The legislation would increase the fee for birth and death certificates by $2 each. The generated revenue would be deposited into a fund, administered by the DMVA, specifically for the competitive grant program. The Lehigh County lawmaker said that during the DMVA budget hearing last week, Adj. Gen. Anthony Carrelli testified the suicide rate for Pennsylvania veterans is twice the rate of non-servicemen and women in the state. “It is critical we ensure that all of our veterans across Pennsylvania and their loved ones have the necessary resources and support with both the physical and psychological Read more


Schweyer: Protect Our Veterans

(Mar 06, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer discusses his fight for a veterans suicide prevention grant program and dedicated funding to combat the epidemic of veteran suicide in Pennsylvania at a meeting of the House Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Committee. Read more


Schweyer: More Teachers, Better Buildings

(Mar 05, 2018)

At today's budget hearing with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer talked about the need for more teachers and improved facilities in the Allentown School District to give our children the best possible education in safe and modern buildings. Read more


Schlossberg, Schweyer react to Pawlowski guilty verdict

(Mar 01, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, March 1 – State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, both D-Lehigh, issued the following statements after the guilty verdict in the trial of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski. Rep. Peter Schweyer: “The people of Allentown are some of the proudest and toughest folks in all of Pennsylvania. We have seen ups and downs, good times and bad. Today’s announcement that Mr. Pawlowski has been found guilty by an impartial jury of breaking the public’s trust is certainly a sad day for my hometown, but gives us the chance to move forward. “There has been a cloud hanging over City Hall over the last few years which caused tension and frustration for city employees, business and everyday citizens. But the illicit activity perpetrated by Mr. Pawlowski has not hurt our strong neighborhoods, has not curtailed our economic recovery and hasn’t stopped the remaining dedicated city workers from working hard for each and every one of us. “I’m a lifelong Allentownian and I am fully confident that our best days are ahead of us. We will do today what we do best: roll up our sleeves and get to work on building a better community. You have my word that I will be right there with you. “ Rep. Mike Schlossberg: “Today is not a joyful day, it’s the conclusion of a tragedy. But hopefully, and more importantly, today marks the end of a painful chapter for the people of Allentown. Read more


Schweyer repeats call for changes to protect sexual assault victims

(Mar 01, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 1 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement regarding the latest news story about a member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly being accused of sexual assault. Read more


Schweyer: CTE is Crucial for Lehigh Valley

(Feb 26, 2018)

In the second week of House Appropriations Committee public hearings for the 2018-19 state budget, Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer discussed why career and technical education is crucial in quality education and creating good paying jobs for students. Read more


Schweyer Supports PaSSHE Students

(Feb 22, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer supported students from Pennsylvania's fourteen State System of Higher Education schools who rallied at the Capitol on their annual Advocacy Day. Read more


Schweyer: Budget Hearings Begin for Pa.

(Feb 20, 2018)

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer discusses day one, where he explains why these next three weeks are crucial for the commonwealth’s finances and taxpayers. Read more


Schweyer Hopes to Boost Job Creation

(Feb 05, 2018)

At the Invent Penn State Day at the Capitol, Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer talks about the importance of funding job creation and entrepreneurship programs and hopes to keep these issues in the forefront as this year's state budget process gets underway. Read more


1/10/18 - Health Care Access - Allentown

(Jan 11, 2018)

Testimonies from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Peter Schweyer. Read more


Schweyer Commends Gov. Wolf's Action on Opioids

(Jan 10, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer commends Gov. Wolf for his action in signing a statewide disaster declaration to help provide additional resources in the fight against opioid and heroin addiction across Pennsylvania. Read more


Schweyer, Policy Committee talk health care access, Plan4PA

(Jan 10, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, Jan. 10 – State Rep. Pete Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss health care access in Pennsylvania and House Democrats’ Plan4PA. Schweyer was joined by House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and legislators from across the state, to discuss House Democrats’ Plan4PA and Putting People First, which includes access to affordable, quality health care for all Pennsylvanians. “We need to improve health care access, especially for our most vulnerable citizens. I’m grateful to today’s panelists for explaining their role in making that happen. Healthier Pennsylvanians mean more people who are able to work, provide for their families and keep our local economy strong,” Schweyer said. Sturla added: “As we work on legislation that helps Pennsylvania move forward from the recession that began 10 years ago, it’s important that we continue to work together on legislation that improves the lives of all Pennsylvanians. Improving health care access will have a positive ripple effect on the state and I thank Representative Schweyer for hosting today’s hearing.” The committee heard testimony from: John Kristel, president and CEO, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network; Dr. David Burnmeister, chairman of Department of Emergency and Hospital Medicine, Lehigh Valley Health Network; Alan Jennings, executive director, Community Action Read more


Schweyer: We Need Property Tax Relief

(Jan 10, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer joined the House Democratic Policy Committee in Stroudsburg to discuss property tax reform, which is a key component of the House Democrats’ Plan4PA. Read more