RNC hits Obama on rising tuition ahead of Biden's Keene State speech

A Web video released by the RNC charts increases in college costs interspersed with video clips of Obama discussing the need for affordable education.


"The Class of 2012 is getting a rude awakening as they accept their diplomas and realize they can't find a job in Obama's economy," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in a statement. "After dealing with rising college costs and record high student loan debt, America's young people are seeing firsthand that President Obama has not lived up to the promise of his campaign."

The rapid rise in higher education costs and increased student debt have turned college campuses into new battlegrounds for the 2012 presidential race.

Prices for undergraduate tuition, room and board at private colleges and universities rose 25 percent between the 1999-2000 and 2009-2010 school years, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Biden is expected to attack presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney's economic proposals and tout Obama's education policies in his address at Keene State College, reports C-SPAN.

Earlier this month, Biden hosted students and youth leaders at the White House to discuss college affordability, telling the audience that he has been passionate about the issue since the beginning of his time in the Senate. 

Biden thanked the meeting’s participants for “sticking with us in helping the Congress know how important it is to college students to have some remote possibility of being affordable.”

The debate over education costs has also raged in Congress as lawmakers argue over how best to prevent federal student loan rates from doubling.

The current interest rate on Stafford student loans will increase in July from 3.4 to 6.8 percent if Democrats and Republicans don't agree on an extension.