AICUP Student Advocacy Week, held both virtually and in-person, is a week designed for students from our member schools to advocate on behalf of independent, nonprofit institutions of higher education. This is the chance for students to interact with Legislators and share their stories. It is important for Legislators to hear from students themselves and be reminded that many of their constituents choose AICUP schools because these schools have been providing unsurpassed educational opportunities, economic advancement, and community support for well over a century.

AICUP Day on the Hill is one aspect of the hybrid approach during AICUP Advocacy Week.  This day in the Capitol gives students the chance to gather in Harrisburg to meet with their legislators in person. Participation in both the virtual and in-person event are encouraged.

Event Details

  • In-Person at the Harrisburg Capitol- April 2023

Campus Coordinator Registration for our 2023 event will open in November 2022.

AICUP on the Hill FAQs

The Harrisburg Capitol Main Rotunda. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and Rally at 10:00 a.m.

Yes! We begin Campus Coordinator meetings in January and hold them monthly until the event. These meetings cover everything from promoting the event on campus to scheduling legislative meetings and reviewing final talking points.

No, but if you have more than 4 or 5 people, you will want to let the legislator’s scheduler know so that they can find an office that will accommodate your group.

This depends on when the student’s meetings wrap-up. We do expect most to be done around 3:00 p.m.

Materials & Resources

Making the Case Cover

Making the Case

Making the case for independent, nonprofit education is easy once you know the economic and social impact AICUP schools make every single day.

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Economic Impact cover

Economic Impact Report

There are over 90 schools within the AICUP consortium. Each year, they generate over $20 billion in economic impact for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These schools, their faculty, and their students are helping shape the future of our state’s economy.

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Student Aid is important because...

How to Be an Effective Advocate

Anyone can be an effective advocate, especially when they’re voicing support for a cause they believe in. Here are our tips to make an impact on the Hill.

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Impact Study Charts

Economic Impact Study

2020 brought with it immense changes not only to our members, but to the Commonwealth’s economy. However, as you’ll see in our 2021 economic impact update, the future still looks bright.

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How You Can Be An Advocate

Images from Advocacy Week 2019 & 2021

Want to know more?

If you have questions about Advocacy Week or our annual AICUP on the Hill gathering, please contact us. We hope you’ll join us!

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