Obama Aims to Make Colleges Cut Costs

Higher-education lobbyists and leaders fret over what, exactly, that means

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At the U. of Michigan, President Obama called higher education "an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford."

The college-affordability proposals that President Obama outlined briefly in his State of the Union address and again in a University of Michigan speech are prompting plenty of questions among higher-education lobbyists—and not a few cases of heartburn.

"We still don't have all the details, right?" said Cynthia A. Littlefield, director of federal relations at the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. "The devil's in the details."

Nevertheless, last week some