Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Under Secretary Ted Mitchell to Host Student Town Hall on College Costs and Access

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Under Secretary Ted Mitchell will host a town hall with college students about college affordability, access, improving educational outcomes and other issues affecting higher education at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11, at the University of California center in Washington, D.C.

Duncan and Mitchell will also elaborate on the actions taken Monday by President Obama to make student loans more affordable and help borrowers manage their student loan debts, as outlined in a new Presidential Memorandum. Executive actions announced include proposing regulations to allow nearly 5 million additional student loan borrowers to cap their student loan payments at 10 percent of their income, new steps to ensure that active-duty military receive the relief to which they are entitled, and strengthening communication strategies to help vulnerable borrowers.

In addition, Wednesday's town hall is an opportunity for Duncan and Mitchell to hear from students about the college-going process, including all aspects of applying for and receiving federal student aid as well as managing their loan obligations. Mitchell, who was confirmed by the Senate in May and oversees the Department’s higher education programs and initiatives, plans to have ongoing conversations with students about ways the Department can further the President’s goal of helping students access, afford, and complete a postsecondary education.