Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Virginia State News

February 5, 2014

First Lady to students: apply for federal aid

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — 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.

The First Lady 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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