Applying for college should be easier students tell education secretary

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan (Photo by Christine Stuart)
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan (Photo by Christine Stuart)

HARTFORD, Conn. –  University High School of Science and Engineering students told U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Monday that he needs to make the process for applying for college financial aid easier.

The bulk of juniors and seniors who participated in a roundtable discussion with Duncan, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, and U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal know because they have filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms. Filling out the form could help them access some of the $150 billion in federal student aid.

The Hartford Schools are participating in a federal program to help increase the number of students filling out the form. Over the past few years, the completion rate has gone from 36 percent to 51 percent, but Duncan wasn’t impressed.

“There is no reason for you not to fill out the form,” Duncan said. “I don’t care about how much money your family has or doesn’t have there’s an opportunity for you to go to school.”

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2 responses to “Applying for college should be easier students tell education secretary”

  1. concerned student

    Can we talk about loan forgiveness for everyone and not just the teachers.
    I have 85,000 in student loans in a state without jobs!!!!

  2. Norewalk Lifer

    It’s unfortunate that in a state that once led in Technology and other areas of science, we have this situation where the cost of higher education does not equate to the ability to recover the investment.

    What happened? go back to the eighties when it became quite clear that tech rolled west, and Connecticut was left holding this payment due notices.

    Same thing happened in Mass; it’s really a commentary on the short sightedness of state leadership; start electing those “college grads” who learned critical thinking instead of political science, and you might have a fighting chance to recover your investment.

    The truth is, college is not a privilege, but considering the dumb metrics used in business, science, and other fields of endeavor, one is forced to pursue higher education in the hopes that financial recovery will occur; America is truly being dumbed down by this ridiculous calculus. Our brightest era was when all those WWII vets went to college on the GI bill and then pursued higher expectations in discovery and development; the country was fertile ground for this kind of thinking and invention.

    Now? all you need is a camera, a webpage, and you too, can be a millionaire for about twenty seconds.

    Norewalk Lifer

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