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Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania



Matt Cartwright believes that our education system is the crown jewel of American infrastructure.  It is the key to our long-term economic growth and our competitiveness as a superpower. 

To continue to produce worldwide leaders, Congressman Cartwright will fight to ensure that every dollar that the federal government invests in education is efficiently invested in our students. The Congressman will continue to oppose any efforts to systematically divert funding away from the public schools that will produce tomorrow’s leaders.

Good students are made when education starts early.  That’s why Congressman Cartwright opposes any effort to end funding for the federal Head Start program and supports efforts to invest in early childhood education.  Later in life, students face challenges funding their education.  The Congressman is making every effort to ensure that students will be able to attend a school of their choosing by protecting federal grants and working to keep the cost of student loans low.  For those who choose not to attend a four year school, the Congressman is working to ensure that trade and technical schools are available and that community colleges are affordable.

See also information on student financial aid.

More on Education

May 10, 2018 Press Release

Easton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded Lafayette College a $10,000 grant. The funds will be used to support the Williams Center for the Arts Jazz Series.

May 9, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Democratic U.S. Congressmen Matt Cartwright (PA-17) and Republican U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) reintroduced the bipartisan Children’s Savings Accounts Offer Parents Plenty of Reasons to Understand aNd Invest in Tuition Yearly (CSA OPPORTUNITY) Act with the support of eight House colleagues.

Apr 25, 2018 Event


Who:        High School Class of 2019 Students and Undergraduates


What:      U.S. Military Service Academy Nomination Applications:

·       United States Military Academy at West Point

·       United States Naval Academy at Annapolis

·       Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs

·       Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY


Questions? Contact Rep. Cartwright's Scranton Office: (570) 341-1050


Apr 5, 2018 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the University of Scranton has received a $645,814 federal grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue to promote excellence in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

Mar 29, 2018 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded three grants worth $9,088,536 combined to the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education for it’s continuing mission and operations.  

Jan 11, 2018 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $8,174,363 in Continuum of Care (CoC) funds to local agencies and organizations working to address homelessness.

Jan 9, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representatives Matt Cartwright (D-PA-17) and Peter Roskam (R-IL-06) recently introduced bipartisan legislation to help students and families plan for the increasing costs of higher education. The bipartisan Truth-In-Tuition Act (H.R. 4715) would require universities and colleges to provide a four-year price model for students and parents.

Dec 28, 2017 Press Release

Luzerne, Pennsylvania – Today, Representative Matt Cartwright announced that Luzerne County Head Start received $4,448,810 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These funds are used for the continuation of high quality, comprehensive, early childhood education.

Dec 13, 2017 Press Release

Stroudsburg, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in the Pocono Mountains received a $6,000 Preservation Assistance Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). This grant will help Quiet Valley develop a better emergency disaster response plan.

Oct 26, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Matt Cartwright (D-PA-17), Rodney Davis (R-IL-13), and Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) introduced bipartisan legislation to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. The Innovate America Act would double the number of STEM-focused high schools, promote computer science training, and expand research opportunities for undergraduates in STEM majors.