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Election 2012: Obama vs. Romney on Higher Education

Election 2012: Obama vs. Romney on Higher Education

Obama vs. Romney: where they stand on higher education.

August 28, 2012

With the Republican and Democratic National Conventions just days apart, things are really starting to ramp up for this year’s presidential election in November.

With that in mind, now is the time to identify where the candidates stand on the issues. Sure, the economy is dominating most of the talk by the candidates, but when it comes to your interests, higher education is just as important.


President Barack Obama

  • Signed new law that makes it easier for college graduates to pay back student loans, starting with new borrowers in 2014.
  • Increased the number of Pell Grant recipients from six to nine million.
  • Created and extended the American Opportunity Tax Credit, good for as much as $10,000 over four years of schooling.
  • Implemented Race to the Top program, which seeks to promote an increase in the amount of college graduates in our country.
  • Created the Community College to Career Fund, which builds up community colleges with special grants.



See more of President Barack Obama’s viewpoints on education on barackobama.com.

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Mitt Romney

  • Implemented John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, which provided four-year free tuition scholarship to students in top 25% of high school class as Governor of Massachusetts.
  • Defended state-wide requirement for students to pass rigorous test in order to graduate as Governor of Massachusetts.
  • Believes that higher education should be available and affordable to all students, regardless of whether they attend a public, private, traditional or online school.
  • Will push to raise visa caps for highly skilled workers and grant permanent residents to immigrants with advanced degrees in math, science and engineering to attract the best and brightest.
  • Focus job training opportunities so that students are adequately prepared for real work upon entering the workforce.



See more of Mitt Romney’s viewpoints on education on mittromney.com.

When it comes to higher education, which issues concern you?


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