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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