(Tina Nelson/MJ)
(Tina Nelson/MJ)

BY TROY A. BLEVINS, Web Editor

ANN ARBOR – President Obama spoke Friday morning at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to address the high costs associated with college.

Thousands waited in line this week to purchase a ticket into Al Glick Field House, the University’s football practice facility.  The president began speaking on stage around 10:00 a.m. with a warm welcome from university students and residents within the area.

“If there is anybody who can teach us how to bring back manufacturing, it is Michigan,” said Obama.

Obama’s goal is to keep universities from raising their tuition annually and for states to help fund higher education.

“We are putting colleges on notice,” Obama said. “You can’t assume that you’ll just jack up tuition every single year.  If you can’t stop tuition from going up, then the funding you get from taxpayers each year will go down.”

Mr. Obama said that 60 percent of new jobs created in the coming decade will require more than a high school diploma.

“Higher education is not a luxury,” said Obama. “It’s an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford.”

During his visit, the president gave a shout-out to the Wolverine’s quarterback, Denard Robinson:

In June 2011, the University of Michigan Board of Regents approved a 6.9 percent increase in undergraduate and graduate tuition. Vice Chancellor Stanley E. Henderson sent an email to UM-Dearborn students regarding the new costs for the upcoming academic year.  The increase was a result in reduced state funding and support.