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Keene State Advocates


Funding for Keene State College comes from three principal sources: the tuition that our students pay; charitable gifts from generous donors; and funding from the New Hampshire Legislature. For many years, New Hampshire has ranked last in the nation in the amount of support that comes from the State. This leads to our college graduates having the highest level of student debt in the country. Of course, an even worse problem is that many of New Hampshire’s young people don’t even bother to apply to college because of the cost barrier.

The current appropriation from the State for New Hampshire’s four institutions is $81 million per year which is less than we received in 2004.

So, you can see why we need your help. Advocates for Keene State College are the voices that share their stories in the media and with the Legislature. Our advocates describe the many ways in which public higher education serves the greater good for the State of New Hampshire. We train the educators for our schools. We contribute to a talented and motivated workforce. We are the proving ground where entrepreneurial businesses start. We provide research in a variety of disciplines that benefit the citizens of New Hampshire. And we have a huge impact on the State’s bottom line and its financial health for the long run.

Higher education works for New Hampshire. Keene State Advocates help legislators understand the important role the college plays in economic and workforce development. Please join us!

Steve Fortier ‘86
Director of External Relations

Advocacy Council

We are currently re-forming our NH Advocacy Council and developing a new Federal Advocacy Council. If you are interested in learning more about or volunteering on either council, please email Steve Fortier (contact information below). Thank you!

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Steve Fortier
Director of External Relations