On Tuesday, February 12th, 2019, NYU students and staff participated in the New York State Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day! This was a unique opportunity for students to advocate directly to New York State legislators about the importance of financial aid programs.
The annual trip is hosted by the NYU Government Affairs offices and takes approximately 60 NYU students and staff to share their stories at New York’s capital. Free meals and transportation to and from NYU and Albany is provided to all participants as well as NYU swag!
For the finalized itinerary of NYU in Albany Day, please click here.
On January 15, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo released his Executive Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 to 2020. Here are some important facts to keep in mind:
• The Governor proposed a $175.2 billion budget.
• Financial aid programs, including HEOP, C-STEP and LPP, are facing a proposed reduction of 17% in funding.
• TAP was proposed to be funded at $947 million statewide.
• Governor has proposed to enact the Jose R. Peralta NYS DREAM Act.
• The budget includes $35.13 million in Bundy Aid.
• The final budget is due before April 1.
See NYU's 2019 State Legislative Priorities here.
Each year, a delegation of NYU students travels of 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.
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 Assemblymember and call their offices directly to voice your opinions.