(ABC News)–President Obama stunned college student reporters attending a special briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest at the White House today.
“Josh was speaking for me and I wanted to make sure he was getting it right,” Obama said as he entered the briefing room. “Are you guys having an interesting time here?”
Obama then told the students he had some news to break.
“Today I want to announce that we’re aiming to enroll 2 million more people in Pay As You Earn by this time next this year and you can find out how at studentloans.gov/repay,” the president announced.
Pay As You Earn is new federal student loan repayment plan that is now available to some borrowers with newer federal loans.
The president added that the administration will soon make additional announcements about how it’s going to get federal agencies to coordinate so that as students manage student debt there is a one-stop shop where they can figure out how to pay back their loans and ensure that there are consumer protections for how they’re being treated in repayment process.
The president then took several questions from student journalists for more than 30 minutes.