College Affordability and Completion

College Affordability and Completion

College Affordability Initiative

In August, President Obama outlined an ambitious new agenda to combat rising college costs. The President's plan includes three parts: paying for performance; promoting innovation and competition; and ensuring that student debt remains affordable. Click on the links below for more information.

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Beyond High School Diplomas: Educators Aim Towards College Completion (March 9)
Nationally, just 18 percent of all 9th graders complete four year degrees within 10 years. There needs to be a real sense of urgency as we move forward in creating and sustaining greater college...
Building Momentum: Education Leaders Convene at the White House to Help Address the Developmental Education Challenge (August 26)
Higher education leaders met at the White House to build on the momentum generated at January’s College Opportunity Summit and focus on addressing a key barrier to postsecondary completion. Some...
The First Lady on the Power of Education (November 13)
Cross-posted from the White House Blog. Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited sophomores at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, DC. The First...
ED Announces First Open Forum on the Administration’s College Value and Affordability Plans (October 25)
In August 2013, President Barack Obama announced the Administration’s plans and proposals for combating rising college costs and making college affordable for American families.  The President’s plan...
Duncan Speaks on Vitality of Historically Black Colleges (September 27)
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), “must not just survive but thrive,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told those gathered at the HBCU National Conference in Washington...