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Michael Dannenberg column: Obama's college plan holds promise for have-nots

12:37 AM, Sep. 22, 2013
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President Barack Obama's college affordability plan has been eclipsed by the diplomatic showdown over Syria and now talk of a government shutdown, but it will be back this fall when, hopefully, its true benefit will get an airing.

The plan sounds like an appeal to the middle class, but it could prove more a boon to minorities and students from low-income families. And therein lies a long-term impact that could be bigger than either of the stories dominating the news.

Currently, selective colleges compete based on prestige and amenities such as free Wi-Fi and the best gym facilities. The ...

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