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Presidential Candidates & Policies on Higher Ed

Less than a quarter (21%) of Americans view higher education as affordable according to a 2015 Gallup poll. The average tuition bill for students at a public four-year college has increased by more than 250% after inflation over the past three decades– and rising costs are a big reason why higher education seems out of […]

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Prevention is Possible

  “Prevention is Possible.” This is the powerful slogan of the 2016 National Sexual Violence Resource Center campaign for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This is a crucial message as statistics show the disconcerting reality of college campus sexual assaults. 1 in 4 women and 12 to 16 percent of men in college are victims. The […]

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On Time Graduation: Strategy for Success

Time is money. This idiom rings true for college students and their families in today’s economy and higher education climate. This reality is constantly present as the majority of public college students do not graduate within four years. Action has been taken to combat this issue through the 2016 legislative session. Senate Bill 440 was […]

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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 SB440 (Saslaw)/ HB568 (Cox) Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program; eligibility; […]

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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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