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.

Blair Horner discusses the New York State budget amid the Covid-19 crisis on The Capitol Connection  (WAMC, May 7, 2020)
SUNY students covering more college costs, receiving less aid: report  (Poughkeepsie Journal, April 26, 2020)
SUNY students, colleges cover more costs  (Times-Herald Record, April 25, 2020)
A good time to rethink the student loan system  (The Times-Herald Record, April 19, 2020)
Stavisky Addresses Students At NYPIRG's Higher Ed Lobby Day  (Queens Gazette, March 5, 2020)
Time To Fix Funding Of Higher Education  (WAMC, February 10, 2020)
Upstate hospitals falling behind in quality, report finds  (WXXI News, January 1, 2020)
Former staffer to fallen Sen. Jeff Klein still raking in dough from zombie campaign account  (Daily News, December 22, 2019)
Checking The Score On Governor Cuomo's 2019 State of the State Goals  (WNYC, December 25, 2019)
It's time to reopen all those closed subway entrances | Opinion  (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, December 19, 2019)
MTA Plan To Put Hundreds Of Police Officers In Subway System Sparks Funding Fight  (CBS New York, December 17, 2019)
Students, Advocates Call for SUNY Tuition Freeze at Higher Ed Hearing  (Spectrum News, October 30, 2019)
Public College Students Paying Billions More Due To Tuition Hikes  (WAMC, October 28, 2019)
Tuition Hikes Should Lead To More State Funding  (Spectrum, October 23, 2019)
NYPIRG: Tuition Hikes Should Lead To More State Funding  (Spectrum News, October 22, 2019)
Report questions the use of increased SUNY and CUNY tuition  (Albany Times-Union, October 22, 2019)
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)
News Archive
NYPIRG Joins Over 50 Organizations in Calling for New York to Reclaim the Stock Transfer Tax
Rock the Absentee: Vote by mail for Primary Election Day 6/23
NYPIRG Urges Governor Cuomo and Lawmakers to Invest in Higher Education, Releases Policy Paper
Policy Paper - Higher Education and Its Eroding Affordability Over the Decade
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
SUNY & CUNY STUDENTS WIN MAJOR VICTORY AGAINST TUITION HIKES
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
Reports & Features Archive