For over 30 years, NYU Government Affairs has brought a delegation of students to the State Capitol to advocate in support of expanding and enhancing financial aid and higher education funding.

During the annual event, NYU Albany Day, close to 100 NYU students and staff join the New York State Student Aid Alliance and students from higher education institutions across the state in meeting directly with members of the Legislature and explaining why funding for student aid programs like TAP and Opportunity Programs (HEOP, STEP/C-STEP, and Liberty Partnerships Program) are critical in allowing New Yorkers greater access to higher education.

We are excited to resume this tradition while also building on the success of the virtual advocacy efforts we developed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. A small cohort of selected students will travel to Albany to conduct in-person advocacy efforts on Tuesday, February 14 while all students at our Washington Square and Brooklyn campuses are invited to participate in virtual advocacy.

Photo: NYU Delegation on the Capitol Staircase


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About NYU Albany Day

Each year, a delegation of NYU students travel to Albany to advocate for financial aid programs, sharing their personal stories with New York’s most powerful decision-makers. Many students who join the trip are recipients of state-funded aid through programs such as the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) or the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). However, advocates do not need to participate in the following programs to lend their support for their peers and the future of these financial aid programs. 

Lend Your Voice

If you are unable to join us for NYU Albany Day, you can still lend your voice to support critical New York State financial aid programs. If you are a recipient of New York State financial aid programs, or a faculty or staff member, and are concerned about the future of these programs, you can send a letter to your local legislators. You can also find your local State Senator and Assembly Member and call their offices directly to voice your opinions.