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Local students seek answers from Obama

Henrietta, N.Y. -- President Barack Obama isnt scheduled to stop within 80-miles of them, but RIT students like others across the nation are closely monitoring the presidents next move.

Mr. Obama will speak Thursday at the University of Buffalo, before traveling to Henninger High School in Syracuse to deliver his latest plans for making college more affordable.

I want to know if theres any sort of plan to help us pay it off at a reasonable pace, said Leyla Mamedova.

The sophomore is from Buffalo and will carry tens of thousands of dollars in debt following her graduation.

I worry about it all the time and especially in my major, and Im in an art program, and a lot of people look at that as not the most stable thing to do, explained Mamedova.

In early August, Obama signed a bill keeping subsidized loan rates from doubling. The rates are set to rise, but the ascent will be gradual and tied to the financial markets. There is also a cap on how far they can go.

In an e-mail sent to supporters on Tuesday, Obama said he will be talking about "my plan to make college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families. My plan includes real reforms that would bring lasting change."

Details of Obamas plan were not disclosed.

New Yorks Republican Party leaders and RNC Chair Reince Priebus offered the following remarks about Obamas trip to the region:

"We're happy that the President has chosen to visit two schools in the SUNY system, where young New Yorkers receive a quality education at some of the most cost-effective institutions of higher learning in the Country, and then upon graduation, promptly leave New York for states with Republican Governors and Republican legislatures and with companies that are hiring - states like Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida.

The full remarks can be found here: http://www.nygop.org/page/cox-cuomo-obama-dole-out-empty-promises

 
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