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Obama begins NY Tour, proposes new system for rating colleges

By WKTV News

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - President Barack Obama began his New York tour by calling for a new government rating system for colleges that will judge schools on affordability and performance and could be used to determine how federal financial aid is disbursed.
   
Obama was speaking to a crowd of more than 7,000 at the University of Buffalo, which is part of the State University of New York system. The Obama administration says the SUNY system is a leader in affordability and innovation.
   
The attention to school costs comes after Obama and Congress recently cooperated on a new law governing student loans. But Obama says loan amounts aren't keeping up with skyrocketing college costs.
   
He says: "Higher education cannot be a luxury, it's an economic imperative. Every American family should be able to get it."

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The President's tour of NYS will continue, as he pays a visit to Syracuse Thursday afternoon.

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