By Jueseppi B.
White House Tweets – August 22, 2013
The College Affordability Bus Tour: Day 1 – August 22, 2013
Education is the single most important investment we can make in our middle class.
This week, President Obama will layout a plan to make college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families.
A college education continues to be the ticket to the middle class. More and more, well-paying jobs require education or training after high school.
Despite President Obama’s historic investments in college affordability since taking office, the cost of college has been growing out of reach for decades, and students and their families are taking on more of the costs.
This week, President Obama is on a bus tour to talk about his ambitious new agenda to keep college affordable for middle class families.
03:00 PM EDT
Today, President Obama traveled to the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York to announce his plan to combat the soaring costs of higher education. The speech, the first stop on a two-day college affordability bus tour, is a part of his broader initiative to secure a better bargain for middle class families.
In his remarks, the President Obama laid out three steps to ensure that college remains within reach for all young people: connect financial aid to school performance, support academic innovation and competition, and make college affordable. President Obama said:
At a time when a higher education has never been more important or more expensive, too many students are facing a choice that they should never have to make: Either they say no to college and pay the price for not getting a degree — and that’s a price that lasts a lifetime — or you do what it takes to go to college, but then you run the risk that you won’t be able to pay it off because you’ve got so much debt.
In his speech, President Obama said we need to start rating colleges on their value to students. “It is time to stop subsidizing schools that are not producing good results, and reward schools that deliver for American students and our future,” he said.
President Obama also spoke about the importance of competition between colleges to encourage educational affordability and student success, all while ensuring a high quality education. He said:
So we’re going to make sure students who receive federal financial aid complete their courses before receiving grants for the next semester. We’ll make sure to build in flexibility so we’re not penalizing disadvantaged students, or students who are holding down jobs to pay for school. Things happen. But the bottom line is we need to make sure that if you’re getting financial aid you’re doing your part to make progress towards a degree.
President Obama concluded with the importance of manageable and affordable debt. “Our national mission is not to profit off student loans; our national mission must be to profit off having the best-educated workforce in the world,“ he said.
Later this afternoon at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, President Obama will continue to lay out his plan for more affordable college education. “This country is only going to be as strong as our next generation,” he said.
FACT SHEET on the President’s Plan to Make College More Affordable: A Better Bargain for the Middle Class
President Obama Speaks on College Affordability At the University at Buffalo
Published on Aug 22, 2013
At the University at Buffalo, President Obama discusses his plan to make college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families. August 22, 2013.
President Obama Speaks on College Affordability At Henninger High School
Published on Aug 22, 2013
At Henninger High School, President Obama discusses his plan to make college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families.
Obama to Heckler: ‘That’s What America’s All About’
Published on Aug 22, 2013
President Obama calls female heckler “polite” during college affordability speech.
01:34 PM EDT
Today, President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan are hitting the road to discuss a new plan to combat rising college costs and make college affordable for American families. Tomorrow from the White House, Secretary Duncan will join a virtual conversation with Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, to talk about the future of education and steps we can ensure all Americans have access to a high quality education.
Khan Academy is an organization on a mission with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. The website provides a library of free education resources, including more than 100,000 Math practice problems and over 4,500 videos covering topics from K-12 math to finance and history.
We hope you’ll join the conversation with Sal and Secretary Duncan. Here’s how you get involved:
- Right now, you can ask questions for Secretary Duncan on Twitter with the hashtag #DuncanKhan and on the Khan Academy facebook page.
- Tomorrow, Friday, August 23rd, watch the full interview onKhanAcademy.org and at WhiteHouse.gov
Learn more about the President’s plan to make college more affordable.
Think today was fun, just wait until tomorrow when Vice President Joseph Robinette “Joe” Biden, Jr.joins Barack Hussein Obama on day two of The College Affordability Bus Tour!!
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