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President Obama speaks about college financial aid at Henninger High School in Syracuse, N.Y., Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, on the first day of a two day bus tour. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Obama speaks about college financial aid at Henninger High School in Syracuse, N.Y., Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, on the first day of a two day bus tour. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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