IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - President Barack Obama is making his election-year appeal to college students - one by one.
A relaxed Obama picked up his college tour on Wednesday by chatting with five University of Iowa students about their career goals and debt burdens.
Some of the undergraduates said they expected to leave school with debt of $20,000, $30,000 or more.
The setting allowed Obama to make his political case about keeping federal loan rates low - and to lobby for the youth vote in a key swing state.
Obama said in his first job out of college he made $10,000. He said that would be about $18,000 in today's dollars.
Obama was to speak later Wednesday to a crowd of several thousand at the University of Iowa, the last top on his two-day college tour.
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