If Romney Wins: Romney’s views on higher education align largely with the GOP platform. That’s a school of thought that encourages technical learning, and often attacks four-year universities in their current state, calling on government officials to “ensure that our public colleges and universities be places of learning and the exchange of ideas, not zones of intellectual intolerance favoring the Left." The platform goes on to dictate that the federal government should take no part in providing student aid. There’s a simple way to put this: uh-oh.

If Obama Wins: The President is adamant in his belief that young Americans should pursue higher education. Obama’s policies reflect a desire to make the option available to everyone. That doesn’t necessarily mean a traditional four-year institution, but rather, any educational pursuit that leaves you with more than just a high school diploma. With a global market that’s competitive as ever supporting his case, Obama won’t deviate from this ideology any time soon.