Rep. Carney Hosting Roundtable Discussion On Cost of College

Jul 13, 2013 -- 1:58pm

Parents of students who are getting ready to head off to college this fall will have a chance to talk about the cost of higher education.

U.S. Representative John Carney will be hosting a roundtable discussion on Monday about the affordability of college. He'll be joined on the panel by parents of current high school students, as well as recent graduates, along with high school guidance counselors and a college financial aid officer. Carney says the cost of a college education is rising at a rate that is unsustainable, and that American families simply can't afford. Over the last 30 years, college costs have increased by 570 percent. That's four times faster than the U.S. median household income, and twice as fast as healthcare costs. Americans' total student loan debt recently topped $1 trillion years, passing the amount owed on both credit cards and auto loans.

Monday's roundtable will begin at 1 p.m. in the hearing room at the Public Service Commission office in Dover.

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