High schools can ensure that students take the necessary steps to obtain financial aid by educating students and their parents about college affordability and the availability of financial aid—for example, through workshops offered at the start of students’ senior year. Students also benefit from one-on-one hands-on assistance in meeting financial aid deadlines and completing application forms. Programs that inform students about financial aid opportunities and provide help in completing financial aid applications have had positive impacts on financial aid applications and college enrollment.
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