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      CCU talks President Obama's proposed college cost plans

      Last week, President Barack Obama spent two days traveling to colleges throughout New York and Pennsylvania to discuss the rising cost of college tuition and how he plans to lower it.

      That plan involved suggesting three things: rating colleges based on financial value, creating a "Pay as you Earn" system for debt repayment, and tying academic progress to the distribution of student aid.

      The president said he'd like to have the new college ratings finished before the 2015 school year.

      "I think it's a good idea, and I think that would really help college students out," Darius McClain, a freshman at Coastal Carolina University said.

      But how feasible are these suggestions? Gregory Thornburg, Interim Vice President for Enrollment Services at CCU, said the government already rates universities and monitors academic progress, so any change would depend on what actually gets passed.

      "Any relief that the government can provide for students in that repayment is obviously a good thing for all of our students," Thornburg said.

      For now, CCU has tried to keep their degrees affordable.

      "We've had the same in state tuition for the past three years in a row, so that's Coastal's stance on how we're going to make a Coastal education as affordable as possible," Thornburg said.

      According to the White House, the average college student now graduates with more than $26,000 dollars in debt.