President Barack Obama was in central Ohio yesterday and spoke at Capital University but not before he stopped to eat at Sloppy's Diner and surprised the students of Ohio State. The reason for his visits? To talk about the cost of higher education.
He had some things to say about the differences between himself and his opponent. The President accused Gov. Romney of being out of touch with the struggle of the middle-class and reminded Ohioans of his own record on education that includes student loan reform and doubling funding for Pell grants.
Referring to Gov. Romney's remarks at a town hall meeting in Youngstown where the Governor said that students should try and "shop around" for tuition rates or borrow money from their parents, Obama challenged, "That's his [Romney's] plan. That's his answer to young people who are trying to figure out how to go to college and make sure that they don't have a mountain of debt. Not everybody has parents who have the money to lend. That may be news to some folks."
My kids are small yet but I am already very worried about higher education. That's an understatement. I'm terrified. We are on the lower end of the middle class and it's tight. We are feeling the squeeze. I fear that by the time they are ready to go to college it will be impossible to send them. So I'm glad that this has become a part of the conversation running up to the election. It's an issue that every parent thinks about. And some of us have nightmares about.
What about you?
Are you worried about the cost of higher education? Do you have a plan to help your kids go to college?
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