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Obama launching college affordability bus tour

August 22, 2013
By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is launching a two-day bus tour Thursday through New York and Pennsylvania to promote proposals for making college more affordable, a goal he has cast as "a personal mission."
While the details of Obama's plans are still unknown, officials say the president will call for changes in the way college is paid for, with the understanding that government assistance alone cannot keep up with skyrocketing education costs. According to Obama administration estimates, average tuition costs at four-year public colleges have more than tripled over the past three decades.
The bus tour underscores the White House's desire to stay focused on domestic issues, even as foreign policy crises in Egypt and Syria vie for his attention.
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