Senior U.S. Education Official Jamienne Studley to Encourage Oakland Students to Fill Out FAFSA, Pursue Higher Education

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U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Education Jamienne S. Studley will participate in Skyline High School’s “FAFSA Crunch” activities Thursday in Oakland, California. The event is aimed at encouraging students to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) — the first step toward getting federal aid for college, career school or graduate school.

Studley will stress that completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and quick, and it gives students access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school.

She will also discuss Department of Education programs that promote college access and advance student success.

For instance, President Obama’s proposed budget for education includes America’s College Promise, which would provide two years of free community college for responsible students through a $60.3 billion investment in a new federal-state partnership over the next 10 years. The budget also would provide a $29.7 billion investment in Pell Grants that would maintain the purchasing power of this critical, need-based postsecondary grant assistance after 2017, benefiting millions of students.