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February 15, 2010 9:00 AM Obama Wants You to Go to College

By Daniel Luzer


Most Americans have probably seen these advertisements by now. It goes without saying that the president of the United States probably does support American’s plans for higher education but sometimes the ads start to look a little, well, questionable. According to an article by Jacques Steinberg in the New York Times:

The online advertisements for the Web site beckon potential college students to “Go back to school and get your share of the stimulus money.”
To reinforce the idea that a federal windfall might be a click away, the advertisements featured three people in mortarboards flanked by a photograph of President Obama. At least they did feature the president. But Mr. Obama disappeared from the ad after the New York Times asked One on One Marketing, the parent of classesandcareers, if the White House had approved the use of the president’s image.

Unsurprisingly, the White House had not approved the image. So Obama is down but the promise makes—that potential college students can get “$70 billion to help low- and middle-income students”—is still up. Wow, $70 million?

It’s unclear where this number originated. According to the article, the Department of Education could find about $17 billion “to help low- and middle-income students,” mainly through boosts to Pell grants and federal work-study.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer


  • Tom Dibble on February 15, 2010 9:49 PM:

    Well, I am not a tax attorney, but you should know that there is a $2,500 credit available to anyone enrolling full-time in a degree or certificate program. And, unlike previous years, that $2,500 will cover both tuition and books/supplies. And, it can be refunded (ie, even if you owe nothing in taxes you can get it back). And it's available for everyone making $160k or less (married/filing jointly) if I recall correctly.

    So, it's kinda like getting your $2,500 of the stimulus money.

    Not sure if '' is trying to make people aware of this or not, but I was very happy to find that credit coming back to us for my wife's tuition expenses (she just started last year. Unfortunately her loans didn't credit to her account until the first week of January, so she couldn't claim tuition for the credit, but all books and supplies counted).

  • CPinHI on February 16, 2010 2:44 PM:

    Also, interest paid on your student loans is deductible, which has been making the difference between getting a refund and not for me since I graduated :-)

  • attorney information on October 12, 2010 12:56 AM:

    yes, i am happy to know the tax is going to us.

  • Therence Sim on November 09, 2012 3:06 AM:

    These complaints led to investigations that brought these fraudulent companies to a close. A pissed consumer, therefore, should never be taken lightly.