Students and alumni

Welcome to the APSCUF students’ page! Here you will find the latest information about how contract negotiations affect you, upcoming events, student-centered projects, contacting your legislator, and APSCUF scholarships and internships. Click the links below to jump to the corresponding sections:

APSCUF is the voice for a quality public higher education that works to ensure students receive all the educational benefits and opportunities possible from our 14 state colleges and universities. Representing more than 100,000 students from the State System universities, APSCUF is dedicated to keeping students updated through our APSCUF Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest pages. We’re also on Snapchat (APSCUF). Follow us!


Retrenchment (faculty layoffs) is a possibility at eight of our 14 State System universities. A smaller faculty means higher student/faculty ratios. Classes could be larger and programs could be cut. Your faculty members’ union, APSCUF, is working diligently to find alternatives to these layoffs. Your support and advocacy as students and alumni would be an immense help to the cause.

You can start by learning more about what retrenchment is and the effects it could have on your university, even if your university is not one of those threatened (California, Cheyney, Clarion, Edinboro, Indiana, Lock Haven, Mansfield and Millersville universities). Click here to register for a town hall exclusively for students and student journalists. Bring your retrenchment questions for APSCUF leadership and staff.

The State System wants to return to the high student/faculty ratios of 2010–11. If you were a State System student during that period, your story could help APSCUF’s advocacy efforts. You can submit a description of your experiences using the form below. (Hover over the form and scroll down to view the entire form.) Thank you for taking action.


APSCUF faculty and coaches are proud to provide our students with the best education possible, and we work tirelessly in that endeavor. From time to time, we have opportunities for students and alumni to join us in the fight for quality, affordable higher education in Pennsylvania. If you’re interested in participating in select APSCUF activities, please complete the form below. (Hover over the form and scroll down to view the entire form.) Thank you for taking action.


Make your voice heard by voting. Get started by registering here via this link or by downloading an application hereOct. 19 is the last day to register before the Nov. 3, 2020, election.


APSCUF supports Gov. Tom Wolf’s Nellie Bly Scholarship program, proposed in his 2020–21 budget. Wolf’s plan would provide scholarships to Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education students and help graduates earn their degrees with little to no student debt. We’re using #fundPAfuture on social media.

You can advocate for the plan, too:

  • Sign the petition in support of the plan.
  • Share your story/support on social media. Use #fundPAfuture (and #NellieBlyScholarship, too, if you have space) and let everyone know why you support the Nellie Bly Scholarship.
  • Share your story with APSCUF. Email outlining how a $10,000 scholarship would help you and what having less college debt would mean to you.
  • Contact your legislators and tell them to support the Nellie Bly Scholarship plan. Click here to find your legislators.


APSCUF offers a $3,000 scholarship to relatives of APSCUF or APSCURF members in good standing. Congratulations to Elizabeth Bennett of Edinboro University, our 2020 scholarship recipient. Click here to read more about Bennett. The 2021 application will be posted in late 2020 or early 2021. Direct questions to APSCUF’s director of membership services at 800-932-0587, Ext. 3021.


Pennsylvania students are leaving college with tens of thousands of dollars of debt, and who knows how many students are simply not going to college because they cannot afford it? Pennsylvania, which U.S. News this year ranked 50th in higher education, is failing a generation by not providing affordable public higher education. It’s time for Pennsylvania Promise — a plan to make higher education affordable in the Commonwealth. APSCUF is a proud partner of this plan, and we encourage you to get involved as well. Click here to visit the Pennsylvania Promise website to learn more information about how to attend a rally, contact legislators and Gov. Tom Wolf to show your support, or to share your story about paying for college. And be sure to follow PA Promise on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


We offer a paid internship in government and public relations for undergraduates attending a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education university. The APSCUF internship is a great opportunity for a student interested in government, politics, public affairs, journalism or communications. APSCUF interns must be professional, self-motivated and skilled communicators. Our recent interns have gone on to jobs in the legislature, lobbying and the news media (see Where are the APSCUF interns now?).

We are seeking a junior or senior majoring in political science, communications, journalism or a related field to serve as a government relations/communications intern at the state APSCUF office building at 319 N. Front St. in Harrisburg. The student internship must be for academic credit under the supervision of a State System university faculty member. The successful applicant should have strong knowledge of government workings, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills. APSCUF will pay $11 per hour, and interns are expected to work 35 hours each week, Monday through Friday.

The summer 2021 internship application will be posted in late 2020.

Upcoming and current internships:

  • The summer 2021 internship begins Tuesday, June 1, and concludes Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. The application deadline is Monday, Feb. 15, 2021.

For more information, please contact Kathryn Morton, communications director.

Want to learn a little more about our internship — from past interns’ perspectives? Read their blog posts:

Bower: APSCUF intern makes valuable connections during summer of meaningful, appreciable work
Ford: Work for a union that’s working for you
Miller: Enjoy the time you have to learn
Danvers: Be confident with an open mind
Leahy: People make APSCUF experience, fall intern says
Newton: Summer internship full of learning, experience
Mansfield: Winter intern reflects on month at APSCUF
Rebuck: Why an APSCUF internship is for you
Matthews: 10 Reasons Why You Should Intern for APSCUF


APSCUF’s September 2017 legislative assembly approved two statements about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, one of which called for APSCUF to compile and post a list of local and statewide resources available to students (and staff and faculty) on our campuses whose immigration status is at risk in the wake of the recision of the DACA program. Click here to view the list so far.


Your professors, coaches, and other faculty members are organized in the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties. This union negotiates with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to reach fair collective-bargaining agreements that facilitate faculty and coach members’ ability to provide quality, affordable higher education. Our current agreements expire June 30, 2023, and we expect to begin negotiations with the State System in summer 2022. Read updates about negotiations in our news center here.


About 500 people filled the Capitol rotunda Feb. 8, 2016, to advocate for fair funding for our 14 state-owned universities. The event was a roaring display of unity and activism featuring legislators and State System students, faculty members, and alumni. But our work is not over, and there is much you can do:

  • Contact your legislators and tell them the importance of fair funding for your university and the entire State System.
  • Contact your university’s APSCUF office to find out how you can get involved on your campus.
  • Apply for an APSCUF internship to learn more about what the organization does for students, faculty, and coaches — and to take an active role in our efforts.


Click this link or the image below to watch a video about how APSCUF provides students with the best education possible.