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.

NYC's slowest bus goes only 4.2 mph, which is slower than a manatee  (New York Post, July 23, 2019)
Pokey Awards: This Staten Island bus averages less than 8 mph  (Staten Island Live, July 23, 2019)
NYS Department of Health limiting chemicals in water  (WIVB, July 10, 2019)
State health commissioner accepts recommendations for maximum contaminant levels in drinking water  (Mid-Hudson News, July 9, 2019)
NYPIRG's Liz Moran reviews how environmental issues fared in the recent New York State Legislative session  (The Sanctuary for Independent Media, June 26, 2019)
NY State's Ambitious New Climate Change Legislation: 'Really Major' Or 'Partial Victory'?  (Gothamist, June 19th, 2019)
Water District Holds Informational Session  (Port Washington News, June 14, 2019)
Reformers ask JCOPE to seek independence in top staffer  (Albany Times-Union, June 12, 2019)
In Wake Of NYPIRG Report, Calls For EPA To Address Long Island Water Quality  (WSHU, June 10, 2019)
Students Rally To Close 'Gap' In New York’s Tuition Assistance Program  (WSKG, March 8, 2019)
Lawmakers Enter The Homestretch On The Higher Education Budget  (WAMC, March 4, 2019)
Governor Cuomo's Higher Education Budget  (WAMC, January 28, 2019)
Budget React-O-Mat  (Albany Times-Union, January 15, 2019)
Pre-paid college tuition plan gets a boost  (lbany Times-Union, December 26, 2018)
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)
News Archive
Capital Investments: A Look at The 2018 New York State Legislative Elections
NYPIRG statement on proposed PFOA, PFOS, 1,4-dioxane MCLs
Tale of the Tape: NYPIRG’s 2019 Legislative Review
Governor's Budget Responds to New Yorkers' "Pent-Up Demands" For Action
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!
NYPIRG joins Senator Gillibrand and Campus progress to help student loan holders refinance their loans for a better rate!
NYS Comptorller publishes report on DREAm Act, NYPIRG supports!
Reports & Features Archive