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Student Leaders at Northern Virginia Community College Respond to Obama's Town Hall
Student Leaders at Northern Virginia Community College Respond to Obama's Town Hall

It has been almost one week since President Obama announced his plan to get America’s finances in order. This morning President Obama continued this discussion when he visited Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus for the first of 3 town halls. This week Obama will also visit the Facebook Headquarters in Palo Alto, California and Reno, Nevada. The purpose of all 3 town halls is to discuss his vision for reducing the deficit based on shared responsibility and shared prosperity.

“We are not going to reduce the deficit by cutting education and eliminating college scholarships. In a world where our students face stiff competition from students from other countries, why would we make it harder for you to compete?” questioned Obama. 

This message really hit home for many of the students in the town hall today. There are 3,000 students at NVCC’s Annandale Campus with Federal Pell Grants, and another 7,000 at the other NVCC campuses that rely on these grants to pay for their tuition.

“He didn’t get into his plan for international students and I would have liked to hear that,” said Massy Khan, the Secretary of SGA for NVCC. Dante Devito, who is currently running for SGA President of NVCC, hopes that education grants do stay intact, because he is has one himself through AmeriCorps. Watch the video to hear from other NVCC student government representatives.