Entries in College (6)


Romney Says Students ‘Pulling Back’ from Obama

Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Alex Wong/Getty Images(EUCLID, Ohio) -- Mitt Romney Monday suggested that the Obama administration is going to promise “a lot of free stuff” to college students who are “pulling back” and who are not as “enthusiastic as they were” about an Obama administration four years ago.

Asked by a medical student at Case Western Reserve what he would do about education financing so that more people can afford higher learning, Romney responded, “The answer is not to say, let’s have the federal government give unlimited loans, no interest to everybody who wants them.”

“By the way, you’re going to hear that. In an effort to try to and reengage college students and graduate students to get involved in the Obama campaign, and they’re pulling back, obviously, they’re not as enthusiastic as they were,” said Romney, who took several questions during a town hall event here. “In an effort to try to get them engaged, he’s going to promise to give a lot of free stuff to them. And to say, I’ll pay for your education, or I’ll get rid of the loans.”

“I’m only guessing, but my expectation is that he’s going to find -- as politicians do -- promises of free stuff as a way to get people to vote for him,” Romney predicted of Obama’s campaign plans. “And we’ve heard that time and time again, but the country’s in balance. We can’t promise money we don’t have, and we should not borrow for promises from politicians.”

Romney suggested that he would find a way to make universities more competitive with one another to bring costs down, recalling that “there was a time when people by and large could pay for college with their summer job and for by working during the school year.”

Romney has previously said he supports an extension of the lower interest rate on subsidized student loans, which are set to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1.

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Obama to Make Student Loan Rates Next Big Fight

Official White House photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Move over, Buffett Rule. Interest rates on federal student loans are set to become the next election-year flash point between President Obama and congressional Republicans.

The White House announced Friday that it is launching a major campaign to keep rates on federal Stafford loans at their current level -- 3.4 percent -- before they're set to double, by law, on July 1.

The rate change would impact an estimated 7.4 million students, who would each see an additional $1,000 in debt per year at the higher rates, according to the administration.

The College Cost Reduction and Access Act, passed in 2007, gradually phased down rates from 6.8 percent over each of four successive academic years, but mandated that the cuts would expire in 2012.  

“At a time when Americans owe more on student loans than credit cards, President Obama believes we must reward hard work and responsibility by keeping interest rates on student loans low so more Americans get a fair shot at an affordable college education,” an administration official said in a statement.  

Obama plans to dedicate his weekly address to urging Congress from preventing the rate hike and will call for a social media blitz on lawmakers using the hashtag #DontDoubleMyRate.

The president will also visit three college campuses next week and appear for the first time on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to discuss the issue.

Obama will speak at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Colorado at Boulder on Tuesday, and will appear at the University of Iowa on Wednesday, the White House said. All three schools are in key battleground states.

Republicans oppose extending the lower student loan rates in part because of the high cost to taxpayers, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates at $6 billion per additional year.

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Rick Santorum: ‘A Lot’ of People in US Have No Desire for College

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said on Sunday’s This Week that “a lot” of Americans have no desire to go to college and defended previous comments he made calling President Obama a “snob” for encouraging more Americans to seek higher education.

“There are a lot of people in this country that have no desire or no aspiration to go to college, because they have a different set of skills and desires and dreams that don’t include college,” Santorum said.

Santorum also commented on recent remarks he made to Glenn Beck about colleges, calling them “indoctrination mills.” He defended those comments.

“I mean, you look at the colleges and universities,” he began. “This is not something that’s new for most Americans, is how liberal our colleges and universities are and how many children in fact are—look, I’ve gone through it. I went through it at Penn State. You talk to most kids who go to college who are conservatives, and you are singled out, you are ridiculed, you are—I can tell you personally, I know that, you know, we—I went through a process where I was docked for my conservative views. ”

Santorum said he was not discouraging college education, but rather citing a major problem in many American colleges and universities.

“We have some real problems at our college campuses with political correctness, with an ideology that is forced upon people who, you know, who may not agree with the politically correct left doctrine,” he said.

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Herman Cain Opposes Federal Student Aid

Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The day after President Obama said he’d be using executive authority to enable some students to refinance their loans, Herman Cain suggested to a forum on education that the federal government shouldn’t be involved at all.

“I believe that if a state wants to help with college education, that they should do that,” Cain said. “Secondly, you have people living within communities within states that are willing to help fund those kinds of programs. So I do not believe that it is the responsibility of the federal government to help fund a college education because herein, our resources are limited and I believe that the best solution is the one closest to the problem. The people within the state, the people within the communities, ultimately, I believe, are the ones who have that responsibility.”

Something on the order of 36 million Americans have federal student loan debt. Cain made the comments to a forum sponsored by News Corp. and the College Board.

Cain said he worked his way through college and said American students might have to work harder to get through themselves. Others, he said, might have to make different choices that are a better investment.

“I happen to know that there are a lot of young people who don’t come from high economic income families and they made different choices as to the schools that they go to. Secondly, like I did, found a way to work my way through school because my parents were not able to do that,” he said. “If you want an education, a college education in America, I believe that people can get it if they are determined to get it. They might have to work a little harder. They might have to work a little longer, but the fact that we have so many options for people to get an advanced education in this nation, I think it is one of the big pluses that we have, that we offer our young people, that a lot of other countries do not offer.”

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In Texas, Democrat Bill White Rallies on College Campuses

Photo Courtesy - Bill White for Texas(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Democrats are busy trying to get young voters out to help head off Republican gains Nov. 2, and the Texas gubernatorial race is no exception.

Hundreds of students and Austin Democrats gathered Wednesday in front of the University of Texas tower.  Longhorn Students for Bill White teamed up with the University Democrats Tuesday night to host “Bill White’s Rally to Restore Competence,” discussing issues ranging from education to Texas unemployment rates.  The rally kicked off with UT student government representative Jeremy Yager urging students to vote in the following two weeks.

“Let’s move Texas forward and finally restore competence to the governor’s mansion,” Yager said.

Student involvement isn’t new for the White gubernatorial campaign, which has set up more than 40 student-run Bill White groups across college campuses statewide.  It’s a more aggressive approach than that of Republican candidate Rick Perry, whose campaign contacted already established student conservative groups, such as the Young Conservatives of Texas.

According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, only 17 percent of 18-to-29-year-olds voted in the last Texas governor’s race in 2006, whereas 45 percent of people older than 30 years old voted.

Cameron Miculka, public relations representative for UT’s University Democrats group, says combating voting apathy on college campuses is the main focus this year.  Clubs use their own resources to pass out flyers, set up information tables, make phone calls and even go door-to-door.

“A vote from a student has just as much importance as anyone else,” Miculka said.  “When they see that a candidate is coming to their school to speak to them about education reform it really resonates, he isn’t just a face on television.”

Not everyone in the audience walked away convinced, however.

Kevin Cissell, a 20-year-old pre-med student, asked White a few questions after the rally concerning the future of higher education.  His main concern -- Texas cutting 25,000 students from the Texas (Towards Excellence, Access and Success) Grant.

“You cut grants that are helping people like myself, poor students who are trying to just go to college, that’s cutting opportunity for the future,” Cissell said.

Early voting in Texas began Monday and will continue until October 29th.

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Obama And Biden Give Campaigning 'The Old College Try'

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are going back to school this week. Obama travels to Madison, Wisconsin on Tuesday to headline a rally at the University of Wisconsin while Biden heads to Penn State to fire up voters -- particularly the younger crowd -- in the two key battleground states.  Why the emphasis on this segment of the electorate?  A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll found that only 55 percent of 18 to 28-year-old voters said they were “absolutely certain” to go to the polls this fall, compared to 78 percent of the 50 to 64-year-old crowd and 77 percent of those over 65.  As former Obama campaign manager and midterm election strategist, David Plouffe, told the Post’s Philip Rucker and Anne E. Kornblut: "A lot of these voters feel very strongly about the president, but still a lot of them aren't showing enough predilection to vote.” Plouffe also previewed the president’s speech on Tuesday: “When Obama steps onto a grass quad at the University of Wisconsin on Tuesday, he will deliver a newly tailored, more personalized campaign appeal aimed at ginning up enthusiasm, according to White House and senior Democratic officials. Plouffe said Obama will remind students of the work they put into his 2008 campaign and warn them that if they don't reengage now, ‘all that could be jeopardized.’” On Monday, the president will also host an on the record telephone briefing with college student journalists. 

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