Michelle Obama Encourages Would-Be College Students To Apply For Financial Aid

"First Lady Michelle Obama visited a Virginia high school Wednesday to highlight the benefits of seeking federal aid to help with the costs of higher education," ABC's The Note reports.

"'Completing this form is a critical start to completing your education,' Obama said. 'It’s the single most important thing you can do for your future.'

The Department of Education hosted the event along with 'Get Schooled,' a non-profit organization founded by Viacom that provides students with resources and motivation to encourage them to enroll in college. Today’s event was focused on helping high school juniors and seniors with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

'Through FAFSA the Department of Education provides more than $150 billion every year in low interest loans, in grants that you don’t have to pay back, and work-study programs that can help cover your educational expenses,' she said, adding that many third-party scholarship programs use the FAFSA as a basis for eligibility. 'Parents, don’t leave money on the table.'

The First Lady was joined by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, a Washington suburb, where counselors were coaching students through the FAFSA process."

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