Obama unveils plan to control college costs
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January 27th, 2012
11:54 AM ET

Obama unveils plan to control college costs

From Alan Silverleib and Tom Cohen, CNN

(CNN) - College affordability took center stage Friday for President Barack Obama as he made the final stop on a three-day road trip highlighting themes from the State of the Union address this week.

In an appearance at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the president outlined a series of new initiatives designed to control spiraling college costs and reform financial aid programs.

"We want a country where everybody has a chance," Obama said. America should be a "big, bold, generous country where everybody gets a fair shot."

Noting that student loan debt now exceeds credit card debt, the president declared Washington is "putting colleges on notice. You can't assume you'll just jack up tuition every year."

"We should push colleges to do better," he said. "We should hold them accountable if they don't."

Specifically, the administration wants to leverage $10 billion a year in federal aid, restraining costs by providing more assistance to schools that hold tuition down while cutting aid to those that do not. Obama is also pushing for the creation of a $1 billion competition encouraging states to contain public tuition rates.

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