In tonight’s State of the Union Address, President Obama included discussion on improving education in high schools and also controlling student debt and rising college tuition. “Through tax credits, grants, and better loans, we have made college more affordable for millions of students and families over the last few years. But taxpayers cannot continue to subsidize the soaring cost of higher education. Colleges must do their part to keep costs down, and it’s our job to make sure they do. Tonight, I ask Congress to change the Higher Education Act, so that affordability and value are included in determining which colleges receive certain types of federal aid. And tomorrow, my Administration will release a new “College Scorecard” that parents and students can use to compare schools based on a simple criteria: where you can get the most bang for your educational buck.” It will be interesting to see what the scorecards look like and what kind of response we get from students, parents, and colleges and universities.
Full text for the State of the Union is linked here.