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The UMass Amherst Advocacy Network is an active network of alumni, students, parents, present and former faculty and staff, and friends of the university who share a commitment to public higher education and UMass Amherst. Advocates make regular contact with elected officials to help raise awareness about legislative and policy issues affecting higher education.

It is important for legislators to hear from constituents who can speak from experience about the value of UMass Amherst and its impact throughout the Commonwealth. There are many opportunities to be involved to the extent that you wish. We appreciate every level of effort!

Join the network, and serve as a valuable advocate and voice for UMass Amherst!

State Legislative Issues

Proof of Concept Fund

The University of Massachusetts, Amherst is a public research university that conducted over $180 million in sponsored research in fiscal year 2013. Researchers used the funds to support numerous groundbreaking projects including; developing processes to produce green biofuels, building new radar network technology that enables better tornado warnings and more reliable detection of low-flying aircraft, and the invention of a super adhesive modeled after the feet of a gecko called “Geckskin”, which has gained national media attention. The innovations developed in our labs help keep our Commonwealth competitive in a global economy and spur job creation.

State Budget Update

UMass Amherst is a large land grant institution of higher education with over 21,000 students pursuing an undergraduate degree and over 6,000 students working on a graduate degree.  For the over 150 years of our existence, Massachusetts has been a great partner in supporting the campus and subsidizing the cost of undergraduate education for students who are permanent residents of the Commonwealth. 

National trends and economic conditions caused a decrease in funding for the University over the last 10 years, and the effect of this has been an increase in the cost of higher education for students and their families.  Thus, there has been a dramatic rise in the amount of student debt upon graduation, reaching the epidemic stage across the country and one that was recently highlighted by President Obama.