President Obama Meets with College Leaders Over Tuition Affordability

Don’t worry bros, President Obama has got your backs. Just like you, Mr. President is totally bewildered by college costs and wants to figure out a way to make tuition more affordable for normal people.

To help get to the bottom of this predicament, or at least crack the surface, the president met privately with university presidents and chancellors at the White House this Monday. Wouldn’t you be super pumped if the president just invited you over to talk IN THE WHITE HOUSE?

So, the meeting occurred, and according the The Chronicle of Higher Education, the point of the gathering was to figure out ways to bring down “overall campus costs” across the United States. What a lovely idea!

According to Inside Higher Ed, the people present at the meeting were…

3 state university systems: Nancy Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York; Francisco Cigarroa, chancellor of the University of Texas System; and William E. (Brit) Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland.

3 from public universities:  Holden Thorp, chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Freeman Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland at Baltimore County; and F. King Alexander, president of California State University at Long Beach.

1 from a community college: Thomas Snyder, president of Ivy Tech Community College, the Indiana community college system.

3 private nonprofit college presidents: Jared L. Cohon, president of Carnegie Mellon University; Larry Shinn, president of the famously tuition-free Berea College; and Robert Mendenhall, president of Western Governors University, whose model of fully online, competency-based education has been embraced by numerous states in recent months..

The meeting was said to be very open and engaging. Different parties brought up various desires such as one to see more minority students pursue science, technology, engineering and math disciplines, to which, I can only imagine President Obama responded, “Then let’s BRING DOWN THE COST.”

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What would you have said at the meeting if you were present? Do you have a solution to college costs?

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  1. Libby says:

    A quick solution that would help students with the cost of college would be to lower the insane prices of textbooks. Every semester I get slapped in the face with $200+ textbooks that become obsolete as soon as the semester is over. Why do we have to pay so much for books? I know for a fact that they don;t cost that much to produce or to distribute. I know everyone has to make a living but to have such obscene prices for textbooks is unnecessary and hurting college students everywhere.

    • Concerned Student says:

      I agree you with, text book companies are the ones robbing us!!!

    • Mamaruthie says:

      Rent as many as you can and buy used. My son has saved a bundle by renting, even new editions as compared to buying., are a couple of the websites we have used. When you get your book list just enter the ISBN # on google or some other search engine and it will bring up these sites and several others. A lot of times you can get books really cheap through Amazon. There are some things you can only get at the school bookstore because they may be school specific but for everything else we price check and usually get them elsewhere.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Well, for starters, if the school is going to trial run Text books that students can’t sell back the school is paid enough to where they should be able to pay for the trial run books. IF they approve of it, they should set a price to where the book cannot be more than 100 dollars. Or to even make sure each text book is a Ebook, and give the student a Kindle upon the start of the semester with the Books needed on them. Hopefully with this all students are honest and doesn’t go about selling them.

  3. Mamaruthie says:

    They need to make it easier for kids and students to get aid and low cost loans, especially with so many people’s credit being trashed becasue they lost their jobs.

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