Higher Education

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We live in a representative democracy — we choose our representatives, and they make policy choices on our behalf. Central to the success of any democracy is the ability of its people to be adequately informed about the issues of the day and the way in which their government works. In addition, an advanced society such as ours relies on the intellect and skills of its people to boost its economic vitality.

An important component to such successes is a quality, affordable system of higher education. NYPIRG has long promoted access to affordable, high quality college education for all students. Working with our sister organization, we have offered analyses that help make the case for enhanced state support for higher education institutions, both public and independent.

Tuition to the State's Public Colleges Could Increase Next Year  (Spectrum News, December 5, 2018)
Task force created by City Council recommends CUNY go tuition-free  (Gotham Gazette, June 1, 2018)
Resisting Trump, Gillibrand pushes legislation to protect students from predatory loan practices  (Black Star News, May 20, 2018)
CUNY Was Close to Stiffing Its Students - Until They Organized  (The Nation, May 15, 2018)
Students urge legislators to help in fight for higher ed. funding  (The Legislative Gazette, March 13, 2018)
Free SUNY tuition: No enrollment growth yet  (Democrat & Chronicle, December 19, 2017)
Assembly Faced with Education Issues in State Budget  (Spectrum News, December 5, 2017)
Excelsior Scholarship fails to cover majority of college costs  (Daily Freeman, December 3, 2017)
Forget tuition, students can't afford to get to class  (City & State, April 17, 2017)
Gov, lawmakers fail to agree on state budget deal  (Newsday, April 1, 2017)
Lawmakers have questions ahead of Gov. Cuomo's budget reveal  (WGRB Channel 6, January 16, 2017)
Blair Horner discusses the new Senate rules and Governor Cuomo's proposed SUNY and CUNY tuition plan on Capitol Pressroom  (WCNY, January 6, 2017)
Bernie Sanders Joins Governor Cuomo To Announce Tuition-Free College Proposal  (Gothamist, January 3, 2017)
Could CUNY be tuition-free again?  (Gotham Gazette, November 29, 2016)
Could CUNY Be Tuition-Free Again?  (Gotham Gazette, July 20, 2016)
Lawmakers make last-minute push for SUNY funding  (Niagara Gazette, June 10, 2016)
Blair Horner: Higher Ed Shortfall Gets Response  (WAMC, May 23, 2016)
350 student groups join coalition against SUNY tuition increases  (Legislative Gazette, March 29, 2016)
SUNY says it would freeze tuition with more state aid  (pressconnects, March 23, 2016)
Critics Assail Potential New York Move on Regulating Online Colleges  (The New York Times, March 16, 2016)
News Archive
NYPIRG Statement on Governor's SUNY and CUNY MOE Veto
Release: 350+ Student Groups Sign Freeze Tuition Letter to Albany
Students drop off 28,000 petition signatures calling for tuition freeze to Governor Cuomo!
Students, faculty urge Governor Cuomo to approve bipartisan legislation supporting SUNY and CUNY
NYPIRG Testimony for the 2015-2016 State Budget
New York community college students could win big under President's new plan
Modernize financial aid! NYPIRG's testimony to the NYS Assembly Higher Education Committee on the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and the NYS DREAM Act
500 student groups send letter to the Governor urging action on the NYS DREAM Act!
Students commend Mayor and City Council for prioritizing increased funding for CUNY
NYPIRG and CUNY USS Say INVEST in Grad Students!
"Deflate My Student Loan Interest Rate" - NYPIRG, Thousands Students, SenGillibrand, NYS Assemblywoman Glick, NYC Councilman Rodriguez Call on Congress to Lower Rates
NYPIRG's Student Loan Position Paper - June 2013
NYPIRG helps pass NY DREAM Act through Assembly!
NYS Comptorller publishes report on DREAm Act, NYPIRG supports!
NYPIRG joins Senator Gillibrand and Campus progress to help student loan holders refinance their loans for a better rate!
NYS Budget Passes, NYPIRG responds
NYC Council Impact of student debt testimony 1.31.13 FINAL.pdf
DREAM Act Support Memo 1.23.13
NYPIRG Testimony, Assembly Higher Education Committee, Cost of Higher Education Hearing, 12.12.12
Reports & Features Archive