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Education Secretary Duncan to Participate in Community Forum to Increase Completion of Federal Student Aid Application

Posted Feb 14 2011 10:56am

Contact:   Jane Glickman, (202) 401-1307,

Event Date 1: February 15, 2011 12:00 pm - 02:00 pm

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Manual High School in Denver on Tuesday, Feb. 15, to participate in a community forum that aims to increase the number of students who complete the free application for federal student aid, known as the FAFSA. The overarching goal of the forum is to enroll more students in higher education. Research indicates that 90% of students who complete the FAFSA will subsequently enroll in postsecondary education, and yet many students who would qualify for aid fail to complete it. Denver Public Schools is one of 20 districts across the country participating in a FAFSA pilot project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.

Duncan will be joined at the event by Colorado Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia and Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg, as well as parents, students, teachers, and business and community leaders. At noon they will tour the school’s college counseling suite, known as the Future Center, and interact with students seated at workstations who are completing the FAFSA on-line in both English and Spanish. The community forum will follow at 12:15 p.m., with Duncan first giving brief remarks about the pilot program, before the dialogue begins. A media availability will follow the event at 1:00 p.m.

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia
Denver Public Schools Superintendent, Tom Boasberg
Principal, Manual High School, Joe Sandoval
Denver School Board President, Nate Easley
Denver Scholarship Foundation Co-founder and Board Member, Tim Marquez Tour of Future Center and Community Forum 12 Noon, Tuesday, February 15, 2011 Manual High School
1700 East 28th Ave.
Denver, Colo.
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