October 18, 2007
Romney starts talking higher education
Mitt Romney made some high-level suggestions this week about funding higher education. Read the whole article at the Boston Globe.
Romney suggests linking college financial aid to careers
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he would like to link financial aid for college students to the jobs they pursue after graduation.
Romney offered no specifics on what careers would warrant more money for a student during their undergraduate years, such as whether a future lawyer, doctor, teacher or social worker would receive more aid than a future economist or engineer.
“I like the idea of linking the level of support that we’re able to provide to young people going to college to the contributions they’re going to make to our society,” Romney told more than 200 people at a campaign event at a Davenport hotel.
Asked about the high cost of college, Romney also said his plan to end taxes on savings for those who earn $200,000 or less would enable parents to save more for their children’s education.
He noted his support for scholarships based on merit, such as a program he supported as governor of Massachusetts that provided free in-state tuition to students with high scores on the state’s standardized exams.
As governor, Romney said he also began a program that gave full tuition at state universities to those who served in the National Guard.
“Those kinds of principles make a difference,” Romney said. “So I would look to see if we can’t find a way to link our programs to reward excellence, to reward people that are able to make a contribution to our society in the military or in other ways.”