President Barack Obama gave a speech to nearly 10,000 people at Georgia Tech Tuesday afternoon. He said he’s trying to make college more affordable in a time when many Americans are burdened by student debt.
“Here’s the challenge: Higher education has never been more important, but it’s also never been more expensive,” Obama said.
Obama unveiled what he called a “Student Aid Bill of Rights” and urged people to mobilize around the concept to bring change to the student loan system.
“It says every student deserves access to a quality, affordable education,” Obama said. “Every student should be able to access the resources to pay for college. Every borrower has the right to an affordable repayment plan.”
The president said he’s trying to tackle the problem from every angle and work with universities to offer innovative programs. He touted Georgia Tech for its online master’s program in computer science and for its value.
He said higher education is key to being competitive in a global economy.
“Jobs and businesses will go wherever the best workers are, and I don’t want them to have to look any further than the United States of America,” Obama said.
The president also is aiming to clamp down on third-party companies that handle student loan debt.
After his speech, the president stopped by Manuel’s Tavern in Poncey-Highland and attended a fundraising roundtable for the Democratic National Committee in downtown Atlanta.