President Obama is expected to use his budget unveiling today to flesh out his threat last month to curb runaway college tuition increases - potentially by withholding federal student aid from those colleges that fail to keep prices down.
Making a direct appeal to middle-class voters, Obama used his State of the Union address and a key swing-state appearance days later at the University of Michigan to strike a theme that resounds with nearly every parent, college student, and laid-off worker seeking continuing education.
“We are putting colleges on notice,’’ Obama said in Ann Arbor. “You can’t assume that you’ll just jack up tuition every single year.’’
The federal government, he said, “can’t just keep on subsidizing skyrocketing tuition,’’ which has roughly doubled the pace of inflation in recent years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.