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February 14, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Students leaving financial aid on the table, site says ‘get yours’

Does the idea of filling out government financial aid forms leave you cold? Consider logging onto the Get Schooled this weekend, where a cheery set of videos (featuring First Lady Michelle Obama) and step-by-step instructions from advisers willing to work with students online could provide the necessary boost.

That’s a very good thing, because 1 million students who qualify for college money never file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (better known as FAFSA), and leave thousands of dollars on the table.

Despite its name, the FAFSA is not a single program, but rather the gateway for nine federal student-aid programs, 605 state-aid programs and most of the financial aid available through individual colleges and universities.

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