U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell will speak at Mountain View High School’s “College Resource Event,” in Loveland, Colorado at 1 p.m. MT on Wednesday, Oct. 19.
Mitchell will highlight ways that students and parents can access and pay for college, and make the college selection process easier. He will be joined by U.S. Representative Jared Polis.
During the event, Mitchell will also share information about the new, earlier availability of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Scorecard—both resources that help students prepare to apply for college, and will answer their questions about college.
In order to help more students access the more than $180 billion in federal financial aid available, this Administration has simplified and streamlined the FAFSA, cutting down the time it takes to complete. Starting on Oct. 1, students and families were able to access the FAFSA three months earlier. Earlier access will allow applicants to have a more reliable understanding of college costs around the same time that they search for, apply to, and even select colleges. The Administration has empowered students and families to make better college choices by providing critical information about college costs and value through the redesigned College Scorecard, which 1.5 million users have accessed since it launched last year.