Each year, a delegation of NYU students, staff, and alumni travel to the State Capitol to advocate for the expansion of state financial aid, sharing their personal stories with New York's most powerful decision-makers.
Because of rising deficits in the state budget, legislators are strongly considering making cuts to key education programs in the coming years, including financial aid programs. Students and alumni can offer the decisive voices that tell them to prioritize education in the coming budget year.
Many students who join the trip are themselves recipients of state-funded education aid through programs such as the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) or the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).
The day long program includes meetings in teams with six different legislators' offices, discussions with a legislator, a tour of the Capitol Building, and a career advice session with legislative staff. Transportation and meals are provided. Albany Day 2015 will be our 30th year of face-to-face advocacy for causes that matter.
Pictures of last year's Albany Day trip can be found on our Facebook page.
If you have any further questions or would like additional information regarding the Albany Day trip, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Government and Community Affairs at (212) 998-2400. We hope you will join us next year!
On Feburary 11, 2014 a group of 42 NYU students and staff joined the New York State Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day to talk to legislators about the importance of financial aid programs and share their stories and experiences in these programs. If you are interested in politics, advoacy and supporting financial aid then join us next year for a day long trip to Albany to meet with State Legislators and discuss financial aid. All transportation and meals are provided.
Albany Day 2015 will be held on Tuesday, February 10th. Look for registration materials in November 2014.
The Office of Government and Community Affairs (OGCA) is the University's primary liaison to public officials and community groups.