President Obama will embark Thursday on a two day bus trip across New York and Pennsylvania aimed at targeting the rising cost of a college education.
In an email to supporters -- titled "A Personal Mission" -- Obama noted that by the time he and first lady Michelle Obama had finished paying back the loans they took out for college and grad school, he was on his way to becoming a U.S. senator
He said the average tuition at a public four-year college has more than tripled over the last three decades while "at the same time, many state governments are actually reducing their support for education, and many middle-class students are getting stuck with the tab." He said the average student with loans graduates with more than $26,000 in debt.
"Just tinkering around the edges won't be enough," Obama says in the email. "To create a better bargain for the middle class, we have to fundamentally rethink about how higher education is paid for in this country. We've got to shake up the current system."
Obama promises "real reforms" that he says "won't all be popular with everyone," but the White House isn't saying what any of those proposals will be.
"You'll have to wait until Thursday," Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters. "I don't want to give away the secret now."