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2016 General Assembly Bill Tracker

Virginia21 will be monitoring legislation that affect the lives of young Virginians throughout the 2016 session.  We will be working with legislators to ensure our colleges are affordable, accessible, and safe. Visit Virginia’s Legislative Information System for more details on the following bills.   College Affordability HB1022 (Sickles)/SB440 (Saslaw)/ HB568 (Cox) Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program; […]

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Meet Tim, Our New Communications Director

Meet Tim Cywinski, Virginia21’s new Communications Director. Tim joins us from his last posting in Arizona where he worked on higher education policy as a project leader and organizer for Change Corps. To help our members get to know him a bit better, James sat down and asked him some real hard hitting questions like, […]

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IHEP Report: Some Colleges Could Be Doing a Much Better Job Enrolling and Graduating Low-Income Students

A recent report by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) shows that high-achieving, lower-income students could complete college at higher rates, if only colleges would admit them in the first place. Several factors affect enrollment, but there are a key few that colleges and state governments need to be focused on, according to the […]

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Meet Our Members: Helen Land

Helen Land Virginia21 at James Madison University Junior, JMU Political Science Major, Public Policy and Administration Minor  “When lawmakers are making decisions that directly impact the future of students and their education, student voices must be heard.” Why did you first get involved with VA21? When I saw the mission statement of Virginia21 at JMU, […]

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Why your vote matters in this election

According to data from the Virginia Public Access Project, over 50% of students voted in the 2012 Presidential election. That number dropped below 20% when it came time for students to vote for a senator in 2014. While these elections are equally important for Virginians, students show up in much lower numbers to state and […]

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Apply Online to Vote Absentee in 5 Steps

Election Day comes just once a year in Virginia, and while we may all try our hardest to get to the polls, some years it just isn’t possible. Voting absentee is designed for just that situation, and this year it’s easier than ever to apply. Gone are the days of printing applications, finding stamps, and […]

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Meet Our Members: Nick Thayer

Nick Thayer Virginia21 at Radford University Junior, Radford University Social Work Major and Political Science Minor   I saw it as a great opportunity to have my voice and ideas heard on a larger scale. Why did you first get involved with VA21? I first got involved with Virginia21 because I saw it as a […]

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The Road To 2016

On November 8, 2016, America will elect its next president. That’s right, there’s still plenty of campaign ad time left. Over the coming months, candidates will not only be vying for the affection of the electorate, but they will be struggling to distinguish themselves from the pack. Below are the answers to some questions you […]

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Meet Our Members: Laura Bryant

Laura Bryant Chapter Leader, Virginia21 at VCU Sophomore, Virginia Commonwealth University Political Science and International Studies Double Major       I’ve always believed that I’d be blessed to have the chance to get my voice heard, but before VA21 I had no idea how. Why did you first get involved with VA21? I wanted […]

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Meet Our Members: Danielle Campbell

Danielle Campbell Chapter Leader, Virginia21 at Norfolk State University Junior, Norfolk State University Political Science Major Why did you first get involved with VA21? I became involved in Virginia 21 because of the impact that members before me were making. They were active members on our campus in a myriad of ways. Not only did they […]

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