First Lady to students: apply for federal aid

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Associated Press

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 5 at 3:33 PM

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Michelle Obama has a message for students who are thinking about going to college: fill out the federal financial aid form.

The first lady says completing the form is an important first step for students who want to finish their education.

But not enough students fill out the form. The U.S. Education Department says only about half of high school seniors file for their share of $150 billion in loans and grants the government makes available annually.

She said recent changes to the application process have made filling out the form quick and easy. She says there's no reason now not to file.

Mrs. Obama spoke Wednesday at an Alexandria, Va., high school.

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