Press Release/Statement | February 6, 2020

College Costs, Student Debt Take Center Stage in New Hampshire

Durham, N.H. – College affordability has become a top-tier issue in the 2020 presidential election, and tonight (February 6th, 2020) candidates, political pundits, and higher education experts will gather at the University of New Hampshire for College Costs & Debt in the 2020 Elections.

Moderated by the Atlantic’s Adam Harris, James Kvaal (president, TICAS), Daniella Gibbs Leger (executive vice president, Center for American Progress Action Fund) and Michael Ettlinger (founding director of the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University New Hampshire) will explore the topic of college affordability and how the issue is playing out on the campaign trail.

The higher education forum will also include remarks and Q&A with presidential hopefuls, and confirmed candidates include Michael Bennet (Colorado), Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), Deval Patrick (Massachusetts), Bill Weld (Massachusetts), and Andrew Yang (New York).

Note: The forum will be live-streamed beginning at 3:30p ET. Watch here:

While nearly every presidential candidate in the primary race has a proposal to transform the federal investment in college affordability, a new TICAS policy brief released today in partnership with the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire found there is great variation among candidates’ proposals.

Read Rising Student Debt and the 2020 Election.


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