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Price of Obama's 'College Affordability'

zsingerb Wrote: Sep 16, 2012 11:23 AM
The problem of college is not funding for the poor, but expenses for the middle class. When your budget is balanced and there is no spare cash, $750 for tuition and another $500 for books per semester is unaffordable. And that is for community college. Yet we make too much for Pell grants. Stuck in the middle, squashed by both sides.
ColdWolverine Wrote: Sep 16, 2012 6:32 PM
Many banks still do loans for educational costs, but if you want to avoid debt then you're stuck. It took me almost ten years to get an associate degree doing it the way you are, but it can be done.
gwharpo Wrote: Sep 16, 2012 5:58 PM
"No family should have to set aside a college acceptance letter because they don't have the money," President Barack Obama told the Democratic National Convention as he accepted his party's nomination in Charlotte, N.C., this month.

That sentence -- key in Obama's "college affordability" agenda -- says everything about this administration's approach to selling itself to the American voter.

What's wrong with the message? Let me count the ways.

--It ignores reality. There is no reason a qualified poor kid cannot get into college in the United States simply because of money.

Richard J. Vedder, director of Ohio University's Center for College Affordability and Productivity,...