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Kids Miss College Because Their Parents Won’t Apply for Financial Aid

At Downtown Magnets High School in Los Angeles, college counselor Lynda McGee talked about a “heartbreaking” case.

A senior at the school, a U.S. citizen with grades strong enough to get into college, couldn’t get her parents to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, before the March 2 deadline, said McGee. The FAFSA is the gateway to nearly all financial aid.

“Her parents … are from the Philippines and they are … in process to get their green cards now,” she said.” And they’re afraid that if she applies for financial aid it will somehow cause a problem with their application, and I tried to convince them that that was not true.”