Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Education Experts to release new State-Specific report about College affordability on Thursday 3-26

Major Education Coalition to Brief Reporters on President Obama’s Higher Education Budget Proposals and Impacts


WASHINGTON – Leaders of a major education coalition will release a new report that outlines how much additional direct aid college students will receive in each state under President Obama’s budget on a conference call with reporters on Thursday. With more and more high school graduates putting off college because they can’t afford it, experts on the call will also brief reporters on details of the president’s college affordability proposals.

President Obama’s budget would make major changes in how the nation provides access to higher education. The president’s proposals would increase and expand Pell grants and Perkins loans, make the American Opportunity Tax Credit permanent, broaden the U.S. Department of Education Direct Loan program, phase out bank loan subsidies and create state and federal partnerships to help students complete their college education.

NEWS TELECONFERENCE ON COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY
DATE: Thursday, March 26, 2009
TIME: 11:30 a.m. ET
CALL-IN: 800-524-3357, code 5041645

PARTICIPANTS:
  • Robert Borosage, co-director, Campaign for America’s Future
  • Robert Brandon, director, Campaign for College Affordability
  • Christine Lindstrom, director, USPIRG Higher Education Program
  • Bill Scheibler, national field director, United States Student Association
  • Hilary Shelton, director, NAACP Washington Bureau
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**NOTE: Space is limited. Media representatives interested in joining the call should reserve a line by contacting Rachel Perrone at rperrone@ourfuture.org or 202-587-1639.**

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