Biden outlined other elements of Obama's higher education proposals, including doubling the federal work-study program from 700,000 to 1.4 million students. The president also wants Congress to continue a $10,000 lifetime tax credit for college costs that's due to expire this year and halt a plan to double student loan interest rates from 3.4 percent to 7 percent.
Students applauded when Biden said it's not too much to ask Congress to prevent the interest rate hike.
"I tend to be a little more conservative, typically against big government policies," said Kyle Fowler, a chemical science and international affairs major from Tampa. "But if government's going to spend this is something I really feel they should spend on."
Nathan Bunch, a graduate student from Austin, Texas, working on a master's in student affairs, said Biden spoke directly to what students are facing.
"I think he understands exactly what college students need," Bunch said.
While in Tallahassee, Biden also attended a fundraiser for Obama's re-election campaign.
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