Michelle Obama Pushes College Financial Aid Initiative

Career College Central summary:

  • The Obama administration enlisted the help of First Lady Michelle Obama in an effort to ensure that low- and middle-income families get access to federal aid to help them pay for college. She urged students and their parents on Wednesday to take advantage of a form known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The form is used to determine eligibility for the different types of financial aid, including grants, loans and federal work-study programs.
  • "Unfortunately, too many students don't even bother to apply for college because they don't think they'll ever be able to afford it, and so they just walk away from the opportunity without getting any advice or seeking any support," Obama told students at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • Obama, who has often spoken of how she relied on student loans to pay for her undergraduate education at Princeton University, said she filled out the FAFSA form with the help of her mother, and worked at a daycare center while in college through the work-study program. She urged the students to work with their parents and teachers to fill out the forms as early as possible.

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