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Obama To Propose New System For Rating Colleges

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
President Barack Obama is proposing a new rating system for colleges aimed at helping students identify affordable institutions.

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama's armored bus that will tour Iowa pulls up next to Air Force One, at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Neb. In 2011, the Secret Service purchased the $1.1 million bus for Obama�s first bus tour as president. The impenetrable-looking black bus has dark tinted windows and flashing red and blue lights. Obama is launching a two-day bus tour on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, through New York and Pennsylvania to tout proposals for making college more affordable, a goal he has cast as "a personal mission." (AP Photo/Dave Weaver, File)

Associated Press Release
By: JULIE PACE

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is proposing a new rating system for colleges aimed at helping students identify affordable institutions.

The new ratings would be published before the 2015 school year. The White House says the president ultimately wants the ratings to be tied to federal financial aid.

The plan would require congressional approval.

Obama will unveil his proposals for making college more affordable Thursday when he starts a two-day bus tour through New York and Pennsylvania.


Associated Press Release
By: JULIE PACE

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is launching a two-day bus tour Thursday through New York and Pennsylvania to promote proposals for making college more affordable, a goal he has cast as "a personal mission."

While the details of Obama's plans are still unknown, officials say the president will call for changes in the way college is paid for, with the understanding that government assistance alone cannot keep up with skyrocketing education costs. According to Obama administration estimates, average tuition costs at four-year public colleges have more than tripled over the past three decades.

The bus tour underscores the White House's desire to stay focused on domestic issues, even as foreign policy crises in Egypt and Syria vie for his attention.


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