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Keeping College Affordable for Michigan Students

Higher education is not a luxury. It’s an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford.

President Obama paid a special visit to Ann Arbor on Friday during his swing around the country to address points made in his State of the Union address last Tuesday evening. The issue at hand was appropriately college affordability, speaking to a packed house of students in the University of Michigan’s Glick Field House.


“Tens of billions of dollars that were going to subsidies for banks are now going to students in the form of more grants and lower rates on loans. We’ve capped student loan payments so that nearly 1.6 million students -- including a bunch of you -- are only going to have to pay 10 percent of your monthly income towards your loans once you graduate -- 10 percent of your monthly income.”

Both Lauren N. and Ellis O., both on the U of M water polo team, were excited to hear education discussed in Friday’s speech. “I am planning to go to grad school and I’m concerned about the cost of student loans,” said Lauren, who is looking to become a physical therapist. Ellis added, “I was glad to hear President Obama discuss real solutions for investing more in college education and holding schools accountable for keeping tuition costs down.”

5ff8bb62490811e1a87612313804ec91_7After the address, many gathered in a student union room to discuss the President’s address and ways of getting the campus organized around re-electing the President. Pavrita A., U of M's campus organizer, led the group in discussion and was encouraged by all of the creative ideas.

Read the President’s remarks from Friday here, check out more photos on Facebook and then get ready to organize around issues like college affordability and re-electing the President with us today.

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