Obama joined by Biden in Scranton to close out two-day college tour

President Obama closed out his two-day tour of colleges accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden as the two appeared together at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa. [WATCH VIDEO]

{mosads}The president has been promoting a plan to create a system to grade colleges on how well they keep costs under control and improve graduation rates. He hopes to get Congress to approve adjustments to government financial aid that will encourage students to attend schools that rate higher under the system.

The appearance marked a return to the public eye for Biden, a Scranton native. The vice president had taken a weeklong break to be with his son Beau Biden. 

Beau, the attorney general of Delaware, was admitted to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston after feeling weak and disoriented during a family vacation. According to the Biden family, Beau underwent an unspecified but successful procedure in Houston before being released Thursday.

Biden began his address by referencing concerns about his son.

“My son Beau is fine, and sends his love,” Biden said. “He’s doing well and is anxious to get back to work.”

Earlier Friday, the president was questioned on his proposals for reducing college costs by students and faculty members at a town hall evening at Binghamton University.

One student asked Obama to address instances where parents financially cut off students who had come out as homosexual. The president said that he did not “suspect that we’ll have special laws” pertaining to such an instance but believed that attitudes were changing across the nation.

Another woman in the crowd asked the president about altering the financial aid formula for students who lived in wealthy areas like New York City.

After outlining that such a formula would be “difficult to administer,” Obama said he’d talk it over with the secretary of Education and get back to the student with a personal reply.

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