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Today, President Obama will make a stop in Charlottesville, Virginia speaking at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on his college tour. Virginia is the home of the University of Virginia (UVA). President Obama will discuss the choice for young voters in this election between two fundamentally different visions of how to grow the economy, in part by ensuring that our future workers can afford to get a college degree. The president will also highlight the importance of registering to vote, especially amongst young people, and will encourage Americans to understand their voting rights and know how to exercise them in their state.

Investing in quality, affordable education is a top priority for President Obama -it’s critical to building the skilled workforce needed to drive America’s economy, restoring the foundation that will help the middle class succeed and keeping our country competitive for generations to come. President Obama established a college tax credit worth up $10,000 to give college students and their families much-needed relief from the costs associated with higher learning. The tax credit is worth of to $10,000 over four years of college, which has helped an estimated 231,000 Virginia students in 2011.

President Obama has doubled investments in Pell Grant Scholarships, which has helped boost aid for over 192,000 Virginia students in 2010.  At present, the president is working with states and colleges to hold down college costs.

While President Obama has doubled-down on investing in America’s students and middle class, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan support gutting these investments to help finance tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires.

FROM: Obama for America

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