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Aug 21st

FAFSA, college affordability and early college program focus of town halls

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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan was in Minneapolis on Friday, Jan. 20, hosting two town halls: one focusing on higher education, specifically FAFSA—the Free Application for Federal Student Aid—and college affordability; and the other on creating a world-class cradle to college and career education system.
U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken joined Duncan at the morning town hall at South High School in Minneapolis. Duncan answered questions from the 12th grade students and their parents about the simplified FAFSA and described steps the Obama Administration is taking to ensure that college stays within reach of the middle class. He unveiled a new @FAFSA Twitter site launched to engage students, parents, and education professionals in conversations about FAFSA and to post timely and relevant information.
The second town hall, held at Irondale High School in New Brighton, focused on Minnesota’s “Pathways to Success,” Duncan was joined by Gov. Mark Dayton, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and other state and local officials and business leaders. Duncan discussed education reform and Minnesota’s winning Race To The Top-Early Learning Challenge, Investing in Innovation (i3), and Promise Neighborhood grants.


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