Vice president to speak on college affordability in Nevada

The rising cost of earning a degree is cause for concern among many students. During a visit to northern Nevada, Vice President Joe Biden will talk about college affordability, reports the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Biden will be accompanied by the Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller. The officials will visit Reno's Galena High School on Thursday. Biden is expected to discuss the issue of college affordability during the visit, which is a topic of particular importance to students in the state. Later this year, tuition rates for undergraduate degrees will be raised statewide by 8 percent, following a 13 percent increase in tuition fees last year.

"The one ticket today for the middle class is some kind of education beyond high school," Biden said during an address in Ohio last week, as quoted by the news source.

College affordability has been a key focus of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's proposed education reforms. According to USA Today, President Barack Obama invited the leaders of 11 colleges and universities across the country to a meeting at the White House to discuss ways to make earning a degree more affordable for students.

If you're filling out college applications, make sure to look into merit-based financial aid packages such as scholarships. These programs can help offset the cost of earning your degree.

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