Michelle Obama tells students, parents to complete and file federal financial aid form

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First lady Michelle Obama hugs T.C. Williams High School student Edom Tesfa as she arrives to speak to students at the school in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, during a workshop to help students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Mrs. Obama told students that filling out the FAFSA is a pivotal step toward finishing their education beyond high school. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Michelle Obama has a message for students who are thinking about going to college: fill out the federal financial aid form.

The First Lady says completing the form is an important first step for students who want to finish their education.

But not enough students fill out the form. The U.S. Education Department says only about half of high school seniors file for their share of $150 billion in loans and grants the government makes available annually.

The First Lady said recent changes to the application process have made filling out the form quick and easy. She says there's no reason now not to file.

Mrs. Obama spoke Wednesday at an Alexandria, Va., high school.

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