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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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January 30, 2014 at 4:18 PM

State Senate introduces REAL Hope Act — what’s your reaction?

Speaking Thursday at a news conference in Olympia, Sen. Barbara Bailey (R-Oak Harbor) WA Sen. Barbara Bailey says the GOP's REAL Hope Act will "make college a reality" for more students. (Photo by Brian M. Rosenthal / The Seattle Times)

Speaking Thursday at a news conference in Olympia, Sen. Barbara Bailey (R-Oak Harbor) WA Sen. Barbara Bailey says the GOP’s REAL Hope Act will “make college a reality” for more students. (Photo by Brian M. Rosenthal / The Seattle Times)

State Senate leaders made a surprising shift Thursday afternoon by announcing they had reached agreement on Washington’s version of the “Dream Act.”

Called the “REAL (Real Educational Access, Changing Lives) Hope Act,” Senate Bill 6523 is nearly identical to House Bill 1817, which the Democrat-controlled House voted to approve on the first day of the 2014 session.

The measure would require applicants to have lived in Washington state for at least three years before receiving their high school diploma and to fall under the federal requirements for deferred action.

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