#MakeTheCase Action Center

State-level Advocacy
August 31, 2022 by AccessLex

Elected policymakers at every level depend on their constituents to communicate opinions, experiences and information in order to make sound decisions. However, local politicians generally hear from their constituents less often compared to their federal counterparts in Congress. This presents an enormous opportunity to build relationships, influence their positions, and help drive policy. Moreover, state legislatures are not only a breeding ground for new and innovative policies, they also operate in an environment that usually permits swifter implementation compared to the federal government. That means policy achievements crafted locally can be leveraged to build momentum and traction for national policy change. AccessLex is here to help equip you with the resources needed to champion policies that benefit schools and their students:

  • Contact your local lawmakers – email, call and visit your state representatives by using AccessLex’s State correspondence resource page here. Also, you can identify who represents you by looking them up on this list of state legislator websites.
  • Utilize AccessLex’s advocacy toolkit – our website offers tools you can use to successfully engage state legislators and state bars. This includes detailed issue briefs, fact sheets, policy position papers, data snapshots related to higher education, writing guides and useful tips for successful advocacy.


Whether you want to impact policies locally, build them as a catalyst for national change - or both - engagement with state leaders is critical to improving access, affordability and value in graduate and professional education. Make your voice heard!



Graduate And Professional Data By State

To assist with your advocacy efforts, we provide data sheets with information on graduate and professional student enrollment, degree completion, a summary of the number of federal student aid recipients, and the amount of federal aid disbursed by state.


Alaska                             Alabama

Arkansas                        Arizona

California                        Colorado

Connecticut                   District of Columbia

Delaware                        Florida

Georgia                           Hawaii

Iowa                                Idaho

Illinois                             Indiana

Kansas                           Kentucky

Louisiana                       Massachusetts

Maryland                       Maine

Michigan                       Minnesota

Missouri                        Mississippi

Montana                       North Carolina

North Dakota               Nebraska

New Hampshire          New Jersey

New Mexico                 Nevada

New York                      Ohio

Oklahoma                     Oregon

Pennsylvania               Puerto Rico

Rhode Island                South Carolina

South Dakota               Tennessee

Texas                             Utah

Virginia                          Vermont

Washington                  Wisconsin

West Virginia                Wyoming

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