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Washington D.C. Relations

Cultivating strong relationships with the federal government

Government Relations monitors legislation of interest to the University, maintains strategic relationships with Congress, and executive agencies, and pursues federal policy outcomes that benefit Northwestern. We serve as a resource for the Northwestern community and federal officials by providing expertise on policies affecting higher education, federally funded research and regulatory issues.

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Northwestern and the Federal Government

As the top recipient of federal research dollars in Illinois, Northwestern has a broad federal relations agenda. The office works closely with national higher education associations and coalitions to advocate on behalf of the University’s agenda in Washington.

$251m Financial aid awarded

20% Pell-eligible first-year students

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Northwestern in D.C.

Congressional and Agency Meetings

Members of the Northwestern community meet with Members of Congress and their staff to discuss pressing federal issues facing higher education.

Expert witnesses

Northwestern faculty members are frequently called upon to provide expert witness testimony on issues ranging from food and nutrition policy to research on veterans’ rehabilitation.

Showcasing science

As the top recipient of federal research dollars in Illinois, Northwestern is committed to showcasing the societal impacts of our groundbreaking research across all disciplines.

National Coalition Building

Northwestern is a proud member of many associations and coalitions advocating collectively for strong federal investments in student financial aid and federally-funded research, as well as other policies affecting higher education.

Alumni in Washington

Meet the former Wildcats who are in office.

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