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U.S. Secretary of Education to Join Live Twitter Q&A Session to Discuss College Affordability

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Event Date 1: June 27, 2012 02:00 pm - June 27, 2012 04:00 pm

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join a special session of the White House Office Hours for a live Q&A on Twitter, on Wednesday, June 27 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.  Secretary Duncan will answer your questions about college affordability and the administration’s education policies and priorities.

Interest rates on new subsidized Stafford student loans for undergraduates are scheduled to double on July 1, from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Unless Congress acts to stop the increase, more than 7 million students around the country would see their student loan debt increase.  If the interest rate doubles, those students will rack up an average of $1,000 of extra debt each.  Join the conversation on student loan debt at the hashtag#DontDoubleMyRate." Learn more at
“At a time when going to college has never been more important, it has also, unfortunately, never been more expensive,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. “Families and students are struggling to meet these costs, and there's no reason why we should add to their burden.”

Event 1
Who :

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What :

White House Office Hours live Twitter Q&A;

  • Ask your questions now and during the live event on Twitter with the hashtag #WHChat
  • Follow the Q&A live through the @WHLive Twitter account
  • If you miss the live Q&A, the full session will be posted on and
When :

2 p.m. ET Wednesday, June 27, 2012