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President Unveils College Affordability Plan

August 28th, 2013

Last week, President Obama unveiled a plan to improve college affordability. A key component is a new federal system that would rate colleges and universities on factors including access, affordability and student outcomes. His plan would make more federal student aid – such as Pell grants and student loans – available to students attending highly rated schools, and provide greater federal resources to institutions serving large numbers of students with need. It also would encourage state investment in public institutions and promote innovations in areas such as online learning. While the president has asked the Education Department to begin working on the new ratings scheme immediately, most of his proposals, including those related to student aid, would require Congressional action, where they face some skepticism. CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White welcomed the president’s ideas: “The proposals announced by the President today are an excellent start to an important conversation about the best ways to invest in our nation’s human capital. The California State University embraces the goals set forth by the White House and looks forward to working with the administration and with Congress on ways the federal government can partner with institutions and states to improve college access, affordability, quality and completion.”


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