FAFSA

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Buried deep in President Obama's 2016 budget (Page 41) is a proposal to cut up to 30 questions from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

The Obama administration has already done a lot to make the FAFSA easier — if not shorter. Online technology now allows students to skip questions that don't apply to them.

Record number of students apply for financial aid

May 10, 2013
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Missouri volunteers help a record number of students in the state apply for financial aid.

Jesse Hall and the Mizzou columns
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The state of Missouri is holding a series of free financial aid workshops for prospective college students.

The events are known as "FAFSA Frenzy." The acronym stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a rite of passage for most college-bound students this time of year as the priority deadline for federal aid approaches.

Workshops are scheduled across the state on Saturday and Sunday, with a handful planned for later in February and early March.