Obama Vows to ‘Make College More Affordable’ at SOU Address
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President Barack Obama made his final State of the Union (SOU) address this week, in which he emphasized the America’s growing problem of college affordability. 2015 was a year of record levels of student debt in the U.S.—what some are calling a ‘student debt crisis.’
“Real opportunity requires every American to get the education and training they need to land a good-paying job,” the president said Tuesday night. “We have to make college affordable for every American, because no hardworking student should be stuck in the red.”
It’s not the first time the president has addressed student debt at a State of the Union. As CNBC reports, Obama has called on Congress to stop student loan interest-rate increases, extend the tuition tax credit and boost the number of work-study jobs in past SOU speeches, as well imploring American colleges and universities to keep tuition costs down as much as possible.
But years of few measures being taken in support of this cause led the president to make a definitive call to action:
“We’ve actually got to cut the cost of college. Providing two years of community college at no cost for every responsible student is one of the best ways to do that, and I’m going to keep fighting to get that started this year.”
Unsurprisingly, these comments were met with enthusiastic applause. Students in America and abroad can now eagerly await what Obama’s last year in office has in store.