The Obama administration on June 24 announced its first steps toward making it easier to apply for federal college aid, and technology is playing a key role in the simplification process.

President Barack Obama wants to make the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA--which, at 153 questions, drives millions of families to give up before they finish it--much more user-friendly as part of a sweeping plan to put higher education within reach of more students.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who announced the changes at the White House, said the goal is to boost college enrollment among low- and middle-income students.



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