Sunday, February 19, 2012

Obama Tries to Keep College Affordable

Though he can't make states devote more resources to cash-strapped public colleges, President Obama is pursuing ways to keep college more affordable, as he announced in his most recent State of the Union speech and a talk on College Affordability in January (see above).   The outlines of his plan are discussed in "Obama Links College Aid with Affordability" (The New York Times, January 27, 2012).  The idea is to link financial aid to college value and affordability, denying money to schools with low standards and offering incentives for states and schools that do more to keep costs low and quality high.  Though it is very unlikely that this plan will pass through congress, especially in an election year, it does offer an interesting vision of what the federal government can do to address the many problems we have been discussing in this course.

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