In a contest designed to encourage all high school students to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) the First Lady has promised to be the commencement speaker for the winning school. Students are asked to create videos that explain how their school is encouraging students to complete the FAFSA and also a separate contest for students to share how their school is promoting enrollment in college.
The First Lady says, “Now, too often, young people don’t even bother to apply to college because they don’t think they’ll be able to afford it.” The FAFSA program has around $150 billion to fund education for students who qualify. In the video the First Lady asked for students to all file for the benefits by January 1st of 2015.
When speaking about students from what she called, “underserved communities” a common expression used in place of minority communities, First Lady Obama said, “These students have so much potential, but they don’t always get the encouragement or the support they need to go to college.”