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Scott says Obama 'late to the party' on higher ed costs



The title of the press release says it all: "President Obama is late to the party on making higher education more affordable, but we're glad he's here."

Obama spent the day talking up a new proposal to rate colleges based on affordability metrics like student debt, graduation rates and the kinds of salaries they earn after receiving a degree. The Board of Governors, which oversees Florida's public universities, is in the process of finalizing a performance funding initiative that will rely on some of these same indicators.

Obama also wants to increase a program that caps loan debt for students from poor families, and he proposes tying student financial aid to their academic progress.  As he completed a bus tour of three college campuses, Scott issued his press release that mentioned some of the other things underway here in Florida.

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[Last modified: Thursday, August 22, 2013 6:14pm]


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