Walking the campus of The University of Alabama as a student is a dream many people have. But, like other universities, the tuition is so far out of reach, the dream will never come true.
The White House is calling for education reform to make higher education affordable. "Too many students are facing a choice that they should never have to make. Either they say no to college and pay the price for not getting a degree -- and that's a price that lasts a lifetime -- or you do what it takes to go to college, but then you run the risk that you won't be able to pay it off because you've got so much debt, said President Obama.
During a visit to Bayside Academy in Daphne Friday, News 5 discussed the U.S. President's concerns with the President of The University of Alabama. "We are trying very hard to be effective and efficient with the resources that we have available to us. This year The University of Alabama went up the least amount that The University of Alabama has gone up in the last 30 years..and that's because we are concerned about what parents have to pay in order to ensure that their sons and daughters get a good education", said Dr. Judy Bonner.
Tuition went up 100 dollars this year per semester. When asked if college education is too expensive Dr. Bonner responded, "We do everything we can do to hold the price of an experience at The University of Alabama down. But, it is definitely more expensive today that it was 10 years ago..than it was 25 years ago".
President Obama wants college graduates to be able to cap their loan payments at ten percent of their monthly income.