January 27th, 2012
09:50 AM ET

Obama to talk price of college at Michigan

College affordability takes center stage Friday for President Barack Obama as he makes the final stop on his road trip highlighting themes from the State of the Union address this week.

In his speech Friday at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Obama is expected to focus on programs designed to encourage states to shepherd college cost controls, as well as efforts to reform financial aid programs.

Obama wants to create a competitive $1 billion program to encourage states to make changes that help contain college tuition and leverage $10 billion a year in federal aid to hold costs down by providing more assistance to schools that hold tuition down and less to those that do not.

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  1. pole732

    what false misleading facts, try to lower college cost yet for the millions who couldnt find work and DEFAULTED they are hit with close to 40% of their outstanding loan amoutn as a fee ,and they offer NO HELP to those who needed from the same government he wants to lower cost for people looking for an education . i guess they figured out if these new students default the government higher education will make billions of dollars

    January 27, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Why is it that only the priviledged few are able to enroll in college now ? It's a shame because their is a lot of talent going to waste out here. A lot of the ones that are in college, are more concerned about partying than learning. There are many brillant young adults that would love the chance to further their education. But, they can't afford it so the few who may very make a differnce in the future, are turned away. It's a shame.

    January 27, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sonny

      College is not for the priveleged few. You work a couple of years, have a couple of roommates and then keep working while you take as many classes as you can squeeze in. I did it, so can anyone.

      The idea that the Govt should take money from the guy behind me at the store, the next door neighbor, and other taxpayers so that I don't have to pay, is a no-go in my mind.

      Community college is a great way to save a lot of money for the first two years. The idea of four straight fun years is fine, if you make the money first.

      January 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Hello, Jj.
    You know and know that the POTUS has nothing to do with the cost of textbooks...and that this has been a struggle for students forever...the books were exorbitant when *I* went to college, right after William and Mary was founded.

    January 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Good point.

    January 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    The cost of a top notch college is not going to be changed no matter what our populist president tries to suggest. Ivy League and other top-drawer places are costly due to the facilities, faculty and the daily nuts-and-bolts of their educational process and environment. I agree that state colleges could work toward economies and more emphasis needs to go into less expensive (and less selective) community colleges and career colleges too.

    January 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Hogwash college should be free ,Every one pays taxes to schools and some don't even have children going to school hogwash

    January 28, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. want2bstudent

    I am trying to go back to nursing school now. I am 36. I want to complete the 2 yr associates program and the cost is going to be around $53K. I am having a very hard time getting the money needed to go. It is ridiculous to have to pay so much money. One college here in WV has a cost of nearly $100K for thier 2yr program and only have a 66% passing rate on the state boards. Even third world countries get free college education or if they pay it is very little and these are doctors graduating med school and coming here to work with no student loan debt. This country has it's education priorties in the wrong direction. Nursing school is full time during the day and I can't work my full-time day job. So paying for school and survival is going to be a major challenge. It should not have to be that way in this country.

    January 30, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Andreas Moser

    Come to Europe. It's much cheaper to study here.

    January 31, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |