Mon February 14, 2011

U.S. Education Secretary to Visit Denver, Encourage Students to Apply for Federal Aid

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is visiting a Denver high school on Tuesday; the district is participating in an effort to get more students to apply for federal college aid.               

Denver Public Schools is one of 20 districts across the county participating in a FAFSA completion pilot project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.  The project provides districts with information on which students have or have not submitted a free application for federal student aid, or FAFSA.  Districts say this information could help in implementing targeted outreach efforts to assist students and families who have not yet submitted a FAFSA, or whose submitted application may be incomplete. 

Education Secretary Arne Duncan will visit Manual High School Tuesday afternoon where he’ll participate in a community forum.  He’ll be joined by Colorado Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia, Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg as well as students, parents, teachers and others.  Before the forum, the group will interact with high school students as they fill out their FAFSA forms online in both English and Spanish.

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