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NYU Advocacy

NYU’s advocacy has been crucial to advancing higher education initiatives, securing resources to support the University’s research agenda, and expanding access to higher education through financial aid.  

Higher Education Policy

NYU advocates and liaisons, including students and alumni, have helped legislators create better opportunities for college hopefuls everywhere to gain access to higher education. Many of these students attend NYU: federal financial aid supports approximately 65% of our student body, while New York State aid programs support NYU students through more than $15 million in direct financial assistance.

Research Initiatives and Economic Development

As a modern research institution, NYU  advocates for continuous government investment for research initiatives that both educate our students and discover new knowledge through scholarship.  NYU received approximately $310 million in federal research funding in 2012, as well as State and City grants.  

Health Policy

As home to Colleges of Dentistry, Nursing and Social Work, NYU advocates for policies such as healthcare workforce issues, professional licensure requirements for these fields, and variety of other topics that impact our health programs.

Testimony to the Government

Often, NYU Administrators, faculty or students will provide testimony in front of a government body such as a Congressional Hearing or a NYC City Council Hearing.  Such testimony can be on a variety of topics depending on a particular faculty member's expertise or a current topic that impacts the University as a whole.

Academic Affiliations

NYU collaborates with associations dedicated to expanding and strengthening the government’s investment in research, financial aid, and higher education.

  • The American Council on Education, in which college and university presidents provide leadership on higher education issues, fostering collaboration among schools and influencing of public policy.
  • The Association of American Universities, an association of leading public and private universities that advance the worldwide position of US research universities.
  • The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, which represents independent higher education institutions on policy issues such as student aid and government regulations.
  • The Student Aid Alliance, a coalition of student, college and university organizations that works promote equal access to quality education regardless of family income.
  • The LEARN Coalition, or Learning and Education Academic Research Network, which advocates for investment in multi-disciplinary research to advance the scientific understanding of learning and development.
  • The National Humanities Alliance, which advocates for the advancement of humanities research, programs, and education.
  • The Science Coalition, which promotes the benefits of university-based research to elected officials and the media.
  • The New York State Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, which represents the public policy interests of the chief executives of more than 100 independent colleges and universities in New York State.

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The Office of Government Affairs is the University's primary liaison to public officials.

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Faculty and Staff
Lobbying Rules and Compliance

If you plan on participating in meetings with government officials in Washington DC, Albany, or New York City, please review the University policies on lobbying and contact Government Affairs prior to your meetings. Government Affairs has an office in Washington that can serve as a valuable reference tool for your trip, helping you set up meetings with Members of Congress or other officials, and keeping you up to date on changes in lobbying laws.

Policies on Lobbying

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