As college tuition rates continue to rise and graduation rates become stagnant, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is venturing out across Missouri to gather input and garner public support about making college less expensive.
McCaskill, D-Mo., kicked off the first leg of a statewide tour on college affordability on Monday at Metro Academic and Classical High School in St. Louis. She spoke with college administrators from the St. Louis area on a host of topics including affordability to the public, student loan debt, the predatory tactics used by some for-profit schools and the recent turmoil at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
The goal of the statewide tour is simple, McCaskill said Monday. She wants to figure out “how we get more kids into college or trained for a high-paying job in a way that is affordable.”