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Higher education expected to feature prominently in State of the Union address


Monday, February 11, 2013

The rising cost of earning a degree and the uncertain employment prospects of college graduates are two urgent issues facing the U.S. today. Not surprisingly, these matters are expected to take center stage during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, according to The Washington Post.

Although the nation's unemployment rate is likely to be a central topic of Obama's speech, the president will also address the growing need to make higher education more affordable to a greater number of people. While specific details of Obama's address have been kept under wraps, the president is expected to introduce the idea that taxpayers' money should be used to invest in higher education programs across the country, the news source reports.

According to an official White House press release issued shortly after the president's last State of the Union address in January of 2012, college affordability has been one of Obama's most urgent concerns since first taking office in 2008. A highly educated workforce is crucial to the success of the U.S. economy, both domestically and internationally. The press release points out that Obama's administration has taken many steps to make the financial aspects of higher education more transparent and accessible to Americans. These steps include the introduction of college scorecards to provide students and families with more detailed information about college costs and measures designed to keep interest on student loan repayments low for borrowers.

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