If tuition hikes and the worry of still being able to afford a college education top your list of concerns, you should attend the upcoming forum with Under Secretary of Education, Dr. Martha Kanter on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University.

The public forum on “Ensuring College Affordability, Quality And Completion” will be held Monday, April 9, 1 p.m. for academic administrators and community leaders and 3 p.m. for parents, students and the community, at the Alumni-Foundation Event Center, 200 N. Benbow Road.  Kanter will be joined by White House HBCU Executive Director John S. Wilson.

Students, educators, administrators and community members are encouraged to attend the free event. The forum will be an opportunity to share views about the impact of increased tuition rates and financial aid availability has had on students, parents and university administrators.

Kanter will also focus on the significant role of college in society, the return on investing in post-secondary education and the shared responsibility of students, post-secondary institutions, the states, and the federal government in expanding college opportunity.

Her visit will highlight The Obama Administration’s new “Blueprint for Making College More Affordable” introduced earlier this year. The Blueprint addresses the nation’s goals towards helping students complete their education and value it affords society.

At the U.S. Department of Education, Kanter oversees policies, programs and activities related to postsecondary education, adult and career-technical education, federal student aid and five White House Initiatives: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She and her team are focused on improving college access, affordability, quality, and completion to implement the president’s American Graduation Initiative.