U.S. Under Secretary of Education to Discuss Efforts to Control the Rising Cost of College and Increase Graduation Rates During Conferences with Higher Education Leaders

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U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter will highlight the need to increase college access and affordability during a town hall discussion on college costs with leaders at the University of Washington today. During the conversation, Kanter will discuss a number of initiatives the Obama Administration has taken to keep college affordable for middle-class families, including doubling the number of Pell grant recipients and helping students manage their debt through affordable repayment options, as well as calling on states to invest in higher education. The event will be at 5 p.m. in Kane Hall on the University of Washington campus.

Tomorrow at 9:30 a.m., Kanter will deliver the opening keynote address at the State Higher Education Executive Offices (SHEEO) annual conference. Kanter’s remarks will highlight the Administration’s work to reach President Obama’s goal of once again leading the world in college graduates by 2020 and the role that states can play in helping to boost college attainment. The annual SHEEO conference convenes several CEOs of state higher education boards and commissions from across the country, as well as several higher education leaders.