The issue of college affordability has become a salient topic in conversations across the country, including in the debate among our 2016 presidential candidates. On Wednesday, April 20, the issue was addressed in a public forum on the campus of St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Panelists Senator Steve Waugh (R-29), Maryland Secretary of Higher Education James Fielder, St. Mary’s College President Tuajuanda C. Jordan, and Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Todd Eberly addressed questions on state support for education, the challenge of rising student debt, and the processes used by colleges and universities to set tuition. The event was the second annual public forum on college affordability hosted by the College’s Desousa-Brent Scholar Program. It was organized by student Noah Walsh ’19 as an extension of his Leadership Project.