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Act 34 Per Pupil Cost Limits 

Effective July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

Act 34 of 1973 applies to the construction of new school buildings, to new district administration office buildings, and to additions onto existing buildings of these types where the size of the additions is more than twenty percent of the existing building.

An Act 34 construction project requires a referendum if the Maximum Building Construction Cost exceeds the Aggregate Building Expenditure Standard.  The Aggregate Building Expenditure Standard equals the project's Act 34 Building Capacity times the applicable Per Pupil Cost Limit.  The Per Pupil Cost Limits are adjusted each fiscal year using the Building Cost Index History data published by Engineering News Record. 

1The Act 34 Per Pupil Cost Limits effective July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023 are as follows:

Grades​ Per Pupil Cost Limit
​K-6
​$21,359
​7-9
​$32,028
​10-12​$39,671
​DAO/CTC​$39,671

These Per Pupil Cost Limits apply to construction projects when the PlanCon Part D "Project Accounting Based on Estimates" submittal is received by the Pennsylvania Department of Education from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.  For PlanCon Part G "Project Accounting Based on Bids" submittals, the Per Pupil Cost Limit figures to be used are the ones in effect for the fiscal year in which bids were opened on the general construction contract.

Please note that Act 34 requirements are  applicable when PlanCon reimbursement is not being sought.  Department review is not required.

If there are any questions, please contact the Division of School Facilities at (717)787-5993 or ra-schoolfacilities@pa.gov.