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Newsmotion - College Affordability http://newsmotion.org/taxonomy/term/31/all en West Wing Week 03/14/14 or "What's Up, Captain America?" http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/west-wing-week-031414-or-whats-captain-america <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> West Wing Week 03/14/14 or &quot;What&#039;s Up, Captain America?&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 03/14/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> <p class="p1">This week, the Vice President and Dr. Biden traveled to Chile to attend the President&#39;s inauguration, while the President worked on improving access to college for students, raising the minimum wage, and negotiating a peaceful settlement to the conflict in Ukraine. He also got out the word about this year&#39;s March 31st deadline for health insurance applications, congratulated NCAA champs, and designated a new national monument.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/14/west-wing-week-031414-or-whats-captain-america" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/14/west-wing-week-031414-or-whats-captain-america" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/14/west-wing-week-031414-or-whats-captain...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Adam Garber Arseniy Yatsenyuk Biden California Chile Chile College Affordability Dr. Jill Biden Economy Education Energy and Environment Florida Foreign Policy Health Care Inside the White House Later Miami New York City Official Success Stories The First Lady The President The Vice President Then Ukraine Ukraine White House Fri, 14 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 feed 254418 at http://newsmotion.org New Tools to Support Students in Preparing for College and a Call for Innovative Ideas http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/new-tools-support-students-preparing-college-and-call-innovative-ideas <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Tools to Support Students in Preparing for College and a Call for Innovative Ideas </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 12/04/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ed. note: This is cross-posted from <a href="http://www.ed.gov/blog/">Homeroom</a>, the official blog of the Department of Education. Read the original post <a href="http://www.ed.gov/blog/2013/12/new-tools-to-support-students-in-preparing-for-college-and-a-call-for-innovative-ideas/">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Last August, President Obama outlined&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/22/fact-sheet-president-s-plan-make-college-more-affordable-better-bargain-">an ambitious plan</a>&nbsp;to increase value and affordability in postsecondary education. There were a number of commitments he made in his proposal, and, today, the U.S. Department of Education is announcing further action on the President&rsquo;s initiatives.</p> <p>President Obama told students and families that helping to ensure their debt is manageable is a priority, and equipping counselors and advisers with the resources they need to help students prepare for higher education and understand college costs is a key component. To meet these goals, the Department has launched a &ldquo;one-stop shop&rdquo; for guidance counselors, college advisers, mentors and volunteers to assist students through the process of choosing and financing their higher education.</p> <p>The Financial Aid Toolkit, available at&nbsp;<a href="http://financialaidtoolkit.ed.gov/">FinancialAidToolkit.ed.gov</a>, consolidates financial aid resources and content into a searchable online database. That makes it easy for individuals to quickly access the information they need to support students on their path to college, including details on how to apply for financial aid along with presentations, brochures and videos.</p> <p>By equipping counselors and advisers with financial aid information in an easy-to-use format, we can help to ensure that current and potential students get the assistance they need to successfully navigate the process of planning and paying for a postsecondary education.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/12/04/new-tools-support-students-preparing-college-and-call-innovative-ideas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/12/04/new-tools-support-students-preparing-college-and-call-innovative-ideas" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/12/04/new-tools-support-students-preparing-c...</a> </div> </div> </div> College Affordability Education Higher Education Homeroom Martha Kanter Martha Kanter Obama Official White House Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:43:19 +0000 feed 208168 at http://newsmotion.org President Obama Names New Leadership to the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/president-obama-names-new-leadership-white-house-initiative-historically-black-college <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> President Obama Names New Leadership to the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 09/12/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It is an exciting day at the White House, and across the country, as President Obama names two dynamic new leaders to head the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).&nbsp; Dr. George Cooper will begin this week as the Initiative&rsquo;s Executive Director, and Dr. Ivory Toldson will serve as Deputy Director.&nbsp;</p> <p>The task at hand for Dr. Cooper and Dr. Toldson is to lead a team, stretched across 32 federal agencies, corporate entities, and philanthropic organizations, to work together in strengthening the capacity of over 100 HBCUs, as they strive to shape this country&rsquo;s next generation of leaders.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/09/12/president-obama-names-new-leadership-white-house-initiative-historically-black-colle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/09/12/president-obama-names-new-leadership-white-house-initiative-historically-black-colle" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/09/12/president-obama-names-new-leadership-w...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= African American Atlanta Barack Obama College Affordability Education George Cooper Higher Education Ivory Toldson Martin Luther King Jr. Nashville Official READING Valerie B. Jarrett Valerie Jarrett WASHINGTON White House Thu, 12 Sep 2013 19:55:35 +0000 feed 167758 at http://newsmotion.org Weekly Address: Making Higher Education More Affordable for the Middle Class http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/weekly-address-making-higher-education-more-affordable-middle-class <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Weekly Address: Making Higher Education More Affordable for the Middle Class </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 08/24/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In his weekly address, President Obama notes that while college education has never been more important, it has also never been more expensive, which is why he proposed major new reforms this week to make college more affordable for middle class families and those fighting to get into the middle class.</p> <p></p> <p><a href="/the-press-office/2013/08/24/weekly-address-making-higher-education-more-affordable-middle-class">Transcript</a> | <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/WeeklyAddress/2013/082413-KREDWC/082413_WeeklyAddress.mp4">Download mp4</a> | <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/WeeklyAddress/2013/082413-KREDWC/082413_WeeklyAddress.mp3">Download mp3</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/23/weekly-address-making-higher-education-more-affordable-middle-class" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/23/weekly-address-making-higher-education...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= College Affordability Education Higher Education Megan Slack Official The President Weekly Address White House Sat, 24 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 feed 158363 at http://newsmotion.org President Obama on Making College More Affordable http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/president-obama-making-college-more-affordable <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> President Obama on Making College More Affordable </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 08/23/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> <p>President Obama went to Lackawanna College in Vice President Biden&#39;s hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania for the final stop of his college affordability bus tour. After an introduction from the VP, the President <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/23/remarks-president-college-affordability-scranton-pa">talked about his plan</a> to shake up the current system and make higher education more affordable for middle class families.</p> <p>Rethinking how we pay for higher education isn&#39;t just an intellectual exercise. The President explained why:</p> <blockquote><p>If you get some kind of higher education -- whether it’s a 2-year degree, a 4-year degree, a technical college -- you’re more likely to have a job. You're more likely to see your income going up. More than ever before, some form of higher education is the surest path into the middle class, and the surest path that you stay there.</p> </blockquote> <p>That&#39;s why ensuring that a good education stays within reach is a cornerstone of the President&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/a-better-bargain">better bargain for the middle class</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/23/president-obama-making-college-more-affordable" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/23/president-obama-making-college-more-affordable" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/23/president-obama-making-college-more-af...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= College Affordability Education Official Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Peter Welsch Scranton The President White House Fri, 23 Aug 2013 23:43:06 +0000 feed 157768 at http://newsmotion.org The President’s Plan to Tackle College Costs – An Early Look at What Stakeholders are Saying http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/president%E2%80%99s-plan-tackle-college-costs-%E2%80%93-early-look-what-stakeholders-are-saying <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The President’s Plan to Tackle College Costs – An Early Look at What Stakeholders are Saying </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 08/23/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yesterday at the University of Buffalo, as part of his plan to offer <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/a-better-bargain">a better bargain for the middle class</a>, President Obama announced an <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/make-college-affordable">ambitious new agenda to combat rising college costs</a>, make college more affordable, and improve value for students and their families. As the President said in his speech, just tinkering around the edges won&rsquo;t be enough. If we&rsquo;re really serious about making sure that all qualified students have access to a quality and affordable college education, we have to fundamentally rethink how higher education is paid for in this country, shake up the system and build on innovation.</p> <p>Reaching these goals will be a team effort with Congress, the President, colleges and universities, states and students all doing their part. And while the proposals the President laid out are bold and may not be popular with those who benefit from the status quo &ndash; we believe they are achievable. In fact many of the reforms the President put forth are built on innovative efforts already being put in place by university systems and campuses across the country, and many have bipartisan roots in the governors and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle who have been leaders in state efforts to promote competition and increase transparency.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s a look at some of the initial reviews coming in from the higher education community and other stakeholders:</p> <p>Muriel A. Howard, President of The American Association of State Colleges and Universities: &ldquo;AASCU is very pleased that President Obama is continuing his commitment to the issue of college affordability, a concern of on-going relevance to us and our members&hellip; our goals are the same: to provide students with access to a quality, affordable education and to ensure that they succeed. Their success is America&rsquo;s future.&rdquo;</p> <p>State Higher Education Executive Officers Association: &ldquo;The Association Of State Higher Education Executive Officers is fully committed to increasing educational attainment in the United States and applauds the aims of the of the Obama Administration&rsquo;s initiatives&nbsp; to improve the adequacy and effectiveness of federal student financial assistance programs and to foster innovation to enhance student learning.&rdquo;</p> <p>Peter McPherson, President, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities: &ldquo;I am pleased to see President Obama continue his commitment to strengthening our higher education system to help ensure that students and families get the best value for their tuition dollars.&nbsp;</p> <p>National Council of La Raza President Janet Murgu&iacute;a: &ldquo;We welcome the positive steps that the president has taken today to help rein in the cost of going to college&hellip; we look forward to working with the White House to implement some of the ideas discussed today, and we urge Congress&mdash;which also must act&mdash;to come to an agreement on legislation that will help mitigate the costs of obtaining higher education for our nation&rsquo;s young people.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/23/president-s-plan-tackle-college-costs-early-look-what-stakeholders-are-saying-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/23/president-s-plan-tackle-college-costs-early-look-what-stakeholders-are-saying-1" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/23/president-s-plan-tackle-college-costs-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Aaron Smith Arne Duncan Brian Schatz Buffalo Buffalo Cecilia Muñoz College Affordability Education Elijah Cummings F. King George Miller Heather Smith Higher Education Janet Murgu Louisiana Muriel A. Howard Obama Official Peter McPherson Robert Mendenhall The President Tom Harkin United States United States White House Fri, 23 Aug 2013 22:20:32 +0000 feed 157770 at http://newsmotion.org Regional Roundup: College Affordability Bus Tour http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/regional-roundup-college-affordability-bus-tour <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Regional Roundup: College Affordability Bus Tour </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 08/23/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p> <div class="clearfix" id="small-node-embed-image-detail"> <img src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/imagecache/embedded_img_small/image/image_file/_v1a9157.jpg?itok=64f_85tv" alt="President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York" title="President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York" width="430" height="287" class="imagecache imagecache-embedded_img_small" /> <p> President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, during the college affordability bus tour in Buffalo, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) </p> </div> </p> <p>Yesterday, as part of his plan to deliver a <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/a-better-bargain">better bargain for the middle class</a>, President Obama kicked off a two-day bus tour across New York and Pennsylvania in which he announced an ambitious agenda to tackle rising college costs, make college more affordable, and improve value for students and families.</p> <p>In his first stop <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/22/president-obama-explains-his-plan-combat-rising-college-costs">at the University at Buffalo</a>, the President laid out the <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/make-college-affordable">three key steps</a> that we need to take to ensure that college remains affordable and a viable ladder of economic opportunity for the middle class and those working to get there. First, connect financial aid to school performance, second support academic innovation and finally, keep the cost of higher education within the reach of all young Americans.</p> <p>Here is a small sample of the coverage that the President&rsquo;s plan has received across the country:</p> <p>AL &ndash; The Birmingham News (Underwood): New Obama college affordability plan would tie federal aid to the school&rsquo;s educational value -- A new plan being proposed by President Barack Obama Thursday would rate the educational value of colleges and tie their value to federal aid offered to students, essentially paying colleges for better performance, the White House revealed Thursday. The plan would address rising college tuition costs have increased over 250 percent in the past three decades. Under the proposal, borrowers would be allowed to cap their student loan payments at 10 percent of their monthly income. The college rating system would tie aid to the college&rsquo;s affordability, the number of students on Pell grants, and the college&rsquo;s ability to produce outcomes, such as graduates with degrees, earnings of graduates, and other factors. <a href="http://blog.al.com/wire/2013/08/new_obama_college_affordabilit.html">LINK</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/23/regional-roundup-college-affordability-bus-tour" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/23/regional-roundup-college-affordability-bus-tour" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/23/regional-roundup-college-affordability...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Allentown Morning Call Anthony Cotton Barack Obama Birmingham Birmingham Buffalo Buffalo Cleveland Plain Dealer College Affordability Colorado Connecticut Denver Education Higher Education Hilda Rosselli Jimmy Jung Josh Earnest Louisiana Maine Michelle Obama Millard Fillmore New England New York New York Official Oregon Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pete Souza Pittsburgh Rochester Scranton Syracuse The President White House Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:08:28 +0000 feed 157772 at http://newsmotion.org Check Out Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's Google+ Hangout with Sal Khan http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/check-out-secretary-education-arne-duncans-google-hangout-sal-khan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Check Out Secretary of Education Arne Duncan&#039;s Google+ Hangout with Sal Khan </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 08/23/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> <p class="rteright"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pcWAHujSZA">Watch the video.</a></p> <p>Today, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Sal Khan, the founder of <a href="https://www.khanacademy.org/">Khan Academy</a>, joined a Google+ Hangout to discuss education in the United States. Secretary Duncan and Khan answered questions submitted via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151792308593442&amp;set=a.415118093441.194630.159403248441&amp;type=1">Facebook</a>&nbsp;and tweets with the hashtag&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23duncankhan&amp;src=tyah">#DuncanKhan</a>.</p> <p>In the hangout, Secretary Duncan reinforced the importance of making higher education more affordable and accessible for American families.</p> <p>&ldquo;At a time when going to college has never been more important, unfortunately it has never been more expensive,&rdquo; Duncan said. &ldquo;And so we have to work together to drive down costs. We have to have much greater transparency and help young people and their families make better choices.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/23/check-out-secretary-education-arne-duncans-google-hangout-sal-khan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/23/check-out-secretary-education-arne-duncans-google-hangout-sal-khan" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/23/check-out-secretary-education-arne-dun...</a> </div> </div> </div> Arne Duncan College Affordability Education Higher Education Megan Slack Official Sal Khan Tyler Holden Tyler Holden and Megan Slack United States United States White House Fri, 23 Aug 2013 17:40:00 +0000 feed 157773 at http://newsmotion.org West Wing Week 08/23/13 or, "The Welcome Sunny, Back-to-School, Make College Affordable Edition" http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/west-wing-week-082313-or-welcome-sunny-back-school-make-college-affordable-edition <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> West Wing Week 08/23/13 or, &quot;The Welcome Sunny, Back-to-School, Make College Affordable Edition&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 08/23/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that&#39;s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, Bo took on the important role of big brother, the President honored the undefeated, 1972 Miami Dolphins at the White House, and laid out fundamental reforms that would bring real change to the way that we pay for college education in this country during a two-day bus tour in New York. That&#39;s August 16th to August 22nd or &quot;The Welcome Sunny, Back-to-School, Make College Affordable Edition.&quot;</p> <p></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/23/west-wing-week-082313-or-welcome-sunny-back-school-make-college-affordable-edition" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/23/west-wing-week-082313-or-welcome-sunny...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Adam Garber College Affordability Education Miami New York New York Official Pennsylvania Pennsylvania White House Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:09:50 +0000 feed 157775 at http://newsmotion.org President Obama Explains His Plan to Combat Rising College Costs http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/president-obama-explains-his-plan-combat-rising-college-costs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> President Obama Explains His Plan to Combat Rising College Costs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 08/22/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="embed"> <div class="clearfix" id="small-node-embed-image-detail"> <img src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/imagecache/embedded_img_small/image/image_file/obama_university_at_buffalo.jpg?itok=GgwiU0SF" alt="President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the University at Buffalo" title="President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the University at Buffalo" width="430" height="287" class="imagecache imagecache-embedded_img_small" /> <p> President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, during the college affordability bus tour in Buffalo, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) </p> </div> </div> <p>Today, President Obama traveled to the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/22/remarks-president-college-affordability-buffalo-ny">to announce his plan</a> 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 href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/a-better-bargain">a better bargain for middle class families</a>.</p> <p>In his remarks, the President Obama <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/make-college-affordable">laid out three steps</a> 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:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote><p>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:&nbsp; Either they say no to college and pay the price for not getting a degree -- and that&#39;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&rsquo;t be able to pay it off because you&#39;ve got so much debt.</p> </blockquote> <p>In his speech, President Obama said we need to start rating colleges on their value to students. &ldquo;It is time to stop subsidizing schools that are not producing good results, and reward schools that deliver for American students and our future,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/22/president-obama-explains-his-plan-combat-rising-college-costs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/22/president-obama-explains-his-plan-combat-rising-college-costs" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/22/president-obama-explains-his-plan-comb...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Arne Duncan Barack Obama Buffalo Buffalo Chuck Kennedy College Affordability Education Higher Education Joe Biden Megan Slack New York New York Official Pennsylvania Pete Souza Rochester Scranton Syracuse The President White House Thu, 22 Aug 2013 19:00:00 +0000 feed 157776 at http://newsmotion.org