Michelle Obama Wants Y’All To Fill Out That FAFSA

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Is “FAFSA” part of your vocab? Now it will be, thanks to FLOTUS.

If you’re a high school senior getting ready for college, you def ought to know about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or FAFSA), and Michelle Obama and Get Schooled can tell you why!

As it is, the U.S. Department of Education gives about $150 billion annually to help students pay for college, and filling out the FAFSA could help you bring in some of this $$$$. A little over half of seniors fill out the FAFSA, but as Marie Groark, executive director of Get Schooled, explained, “[I]f a student completes a FAFSA, there is a 90 percent chance they will enroll in some college within 12 months.”

So Michelle Obama and Get Schooled have come together to spread awareness of the FAFSA and get more students applying for one. FLOTUS kicked it with seniors at TC Williams High School in Virginia all about things FAFSA and higher education. She even made a cute video about it:

You might not know the name Lawrence Lawson, but he has a story you’ll remember: Lawrence had a grand mal seizure at age 9. After the seizure, he had to learn how to talk, walk and read again. By age 12, he was orphaned. Now Lawrence is the valedictorian at his high school, and he gets to take selfies with the first lady.

Our first lady and Get Schooled aren’t done with their FAFSA work either. They’re asking you to spread awareness about the FAFSA on social media. Each time you Tweet #FAFSA and @getschooled or retweet something from @getschooled, you’ll be put in the running for a $1,000 scholarship. You can Tweet to your heart’s content, and 10 lucky students will win. Not a bad prize for filling out a form that will save you mad money.

Photos: (whitehouse.gov)

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