State of the Union: College affordability a top concern

During his last State of the Union address, President Obama vows to ‘keep fighting’ to enact free community college plan

sotu-collegeHigher education spent a few brief moments in the spotlight during President Obama’s final State of the Union address on Jan. 12.

Access to affordable higher education was at the forefront of his comments.

“We agree that real opportunity requires every American to get the education and training they need to land a good-paying job,” Obama said.

“And we have to make college affordable for every American. Because no hardworking student should be stuck in the red. We’ve already reduced student loan payments to 10 percent of a borrower’s income. Now, we’ve actually got to cut the cost of college. Providing two years of community college at no cost for every responsible student is one of the best ways to do that, and I’m going to keep fighting to get that started this year,” he said.

Last year, Obama introduced America’s Promise, which would cover expenses for students attending qualifying community colleges as long as those students meet certain criteria and maintain a 2.5 GPA. Some states have followed suit and introduced initiatives to mirror Obama’s goals.

Laura Ascione