Students are a powerful lobbying body and there are many mechanisms for your voice to be heard on financial aid and others issues effecting higher education. The links below will help you understand the issues, identify and locate your elected representatives, and provide guidelines for creating appropriate and effective communications with officials.
Project Vote Smart
Project Vote Smart is a non-partisan, nonprofit educational organization providing practical information on a broad range of topics related to American politics. They offer a “Government 101 tutorial” that provides information about Congress, political parties, campaign finance, the Constitution, elections, state government and much more. You can also find your elected officials and/or candidates and information on voter registration and current issues.
New York State Board of Elections
The NYS Board of Elections provides information on how to register to vote, change address or party enrollment, polling places, how to use voting machines, and other election related topics such as campaign finance and election law.
Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities Advocacy Center
The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities’ e-advocacy center assists in NYS student aid related communications with elected officials. It helps students know the issues, find elected officials, communicate personal stories and take action in advocating for student aid.
Student Aid Alliance
A collection of organizations and people working to preserve, protect and provide adequate funding for core federal student aid programs.