Press Release/Statement | January 23, 2020

MEDIA ADVISORY: Higher Education Forum – College Costs & Debt in the 2020 Elections

The 2020 election marks the arrival of college costs as a top-tier political issue. Students and their families understand that an education beyond high school – whether a job training certificate, community college degree, four-year university, or higher degree – is more critical to their future than ever, and college affordability has become a “kitchen table” issue that nearly every presidential candidate feels compelled to address.

The Institute for College Access & Success, the University of New Hampshire Carsey School of Public Policy, and the UNH Campus Living Association will host College Costs & Debt in the 2020 Elections, an event aimed at exploring the challenge of college affordability, how this issue is playing out on the campaign trail, and how it might be addressed by whomever is in the White House in 2021.

WHO:  MODERATOR | Adam Harris – staff writer covering 2020 politics, the Atlantic

Daniella Gibbs Leger Executive Vice President, Center for American Progress Action Fund
James Kvaal – President, The Institute for College Access & Success

Michael Bennet
, Colorado
Tulsi Gabbard
, Hawaii
Deval Patrick, Massachusetts
Bill Weld, Massachusetts
Andrew Yang, New York

Students are also expected to share their experiences about college costs and student debt.

WHEN: Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 3:30-7:30p ET

WHERE: The University of New Hampshire (Huddleston Hall Ballroom)
73 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824

ONLINE: The forum will be live-streamed. For access to the link, sign up here.

James Kvaal will be available for comment in New Hampshire on Thursday. For questions or to schedule an interview, please contact Shannon Serrato at or (510) 318-7915.

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Updated February 3, 2020