First Lady Michelle Obama urges students to apply for financial aid

First lady Michelle Obama (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

February 5, 2014 5:10:29 PM PST
If you're a student thinking of going to college, the First Lady has some advice: apply for federal financial aid.

During a visit to a Virginia high school, Michelle Obama said recent changes have made the process quick and easy.

She says completing the form is an important first step but not enough students do it.

According to the U.S. Education Department, only about half of high school seniors file for their share of $150 billion worth of loans and grants available each year.