As part of a nationwide tour, President Barack Obama visited Indianapolis to discuss his plans for making higher education affordable.
Obama visited Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana North Meridian Campus to address students. There, he praised the benefits of Indiana’s statewide community college system and advocated for his proposal to make community college free for qualifying students.
Obama believes Americans need to have more knowledge and more skills to compete in the growing global economy. For example, by 2020, an estimated 35 percent of job openings will require at least a bachelor’s degree, and 30 percent will require some college or an associate’s degree.
He told students they should be able to obtain the knowledge and the skills they need without taking on decades’ worth of student debt.
Under his education plan, students seeking help would be required to attend community college at least half time, maintain a 2.5 GPA and make steady progress toward program completion.
In turn, the federal government would cover three-quarters of the average cost of community college. Participating states will be expected to contribute the remaining funds to eliminate the tuition for eligible students.