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WEDNESDAY BUZZ: Obama Bus Tour to Focus on College Costs

August 21, 2013



​Many of this morning’s papers covered the news that President Obama will propose new policies on containing college costs during a bus tour of New York and Pennsylvania beginning Aug. 22.

While no specifics had leaked by mid-day Wednesday, many speculate that his announcement may revisit some of the themes the president proposed in his 2012 and 2013 State of the Union addresses.

The president will visit the University of Buffalo (NY) and Hechinger High on Thursday and then Binghamton University (NY) and Lackawanna College (PA) on Friday. He recently has touched on the theme of states’ roles in restraining tuition, and New York surpasses many others in that effort.

The tour comes days after the release of the 2011-12 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study from the Department of Education, which found that 71 percent of undergrads now are receiving some form of financial aid. 

Two recent ACE publications, Putting College Costs Into Context and The Anatomy of College Tuition, address the issue of college costs and can help put the discussion in the coming days into perspective.

Coverage of the college costs bus tour in this morning’s papers includes:

Obama Vows Action on College Costs, but Will It Work?
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Bus Tour Hints
Inside Higher Ed

Obama to Offer Plans to Ease Burden of Paying for College
The New York Times

Obama Promotes Plan to Cut College Costs
USA Today


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