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What Ohio is Saying About FitzGerald's College Affordability Plan

7/3/2014, 9:30 p.m.

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Cleveland Plain Dealer: FitzGerald pitches college savings accounts, student loan relief in plan for higher education: "Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald on Wednesday unveiled a plan to make college more affordable for Ohioans and bolster access to higher education. In a news conference at Columbus State Community College, FitzGerald, a Democrat and the Cuyahoga County executive, said the plan is intended to address challenges students and their families have to meet the growing costs of tuition."

Cincinnati Enquirer: FitzGerald: $100 into college accounts for all: "Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald Wednesday proposed the state start a $100 college savings account for every kindergarten student in Ohio. The proposal would cost about $20 million a year and help make college more affordable, FitzGerald said Wednesday in Columbus. He did not say how he would pay for the plan, although he ruled out raising taxes."

Toledo Blade: FitzGerald wants to help Ohioans pay for college: "Arguing that Ohio is losing ground when it comes to an affordable college education, the Democratic candidate for governor on Wednesday called for the creation of college savings accounts for every kindergartner in the state. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald said he would also boost support for financial aid and make it easier for graduates to refinance college debt. He said these investments should be made before the state pursues more tax cuts."

Columbus Dispatch: FitzGerald proposes to cut cost of college: "Democrat Ed FitzGerald rolled out a plan yesterday to make college more affordable in Ohio, while across the state GOP Gov. John Kasich said he’s already working on it. FitzGerald wants to put $100 in a college savings account for every Ohio kindergartner next year and provide an additional $160 million in state financial aid for current college students."

Wooster Daily Record: FitzGerald Wants to Expand College Savings Program to All Ohio Students: "Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald wants to expand a college savings program he started in the Cleveland area to include all Ohio youngsters. The Democratic gubernatorial hopeful also wants to increase state aid to needy college enrollees and find a way to allow Ohio students to refinance their school loans."

Aurora Advocate: Democratic Gubernatorial hopeful Ed FitzGerald presents plan to make college more affordable in Ohio, GOP reacts: "Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald wants expand a college savings program he started in the Cleveland area to include all Ohio youngsters. The Democratic gubernatorial hopeful also wants to increase state aid to needy college enrollees and find a way to allow Ohio students to refinance their school loans."

Cincinnati CityBeat: "Democratic candidate for Governor Ed FitzGerald unveiled his plan for affordable higher education yesterday. FitzGerald’s proposal includes finding ways to lower administrative costs at the state’s colleges, increasing the availability of financial aide, expanding a college savings plan, getting more students into early college enrollment while they’re still in high school, and boosting community colleges and trade schools. Fitzgerald cited the nearly $4 billion in student loan debt Ohioans carry as a reason to lower college costs."