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 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.

This Thursday, February 6, 2020, 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.

Moderated by the Atlantic’s Adam Harris, the forum will include remarks and Q&A with presidential hopefuls, and confirmed candidates include:

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

TICAS president James Kvaal, 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 also explore why college affordability is a much-debated topic and how the election will affect college costs.

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