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MiLEAP kicks off contest to encourage students to fill out FAFSA

State of Michigan

A Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement and Potential contest is using pizza to promote the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA

Unveiled at Grand Ledge High School, the contest is called “Reach for the Pie.”

By completing the FAFSA, students can see if they’re eligible for financial aid, and also be entered as one of 100 people to win free pizza for a year from partner Hungry Howie’s.

Franchise owner Kevin Dittrich says he knows how hard employees work to earn money for college.

“We want to make sure you have enough money for college and to be able to do the things you want to do in life.”

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist said the 15 minutes it takes to fill out the FAFSA open up the possibilities for many students to afford higher education.

“I was a scholarship kid going to U-of-M. My family couldn’t’ afford it. I wish I could have had access to $27,500 to help me pay for college.”

One potential benefit now open to more students is the Michigan Achievement Scholarship.

Criteria to qualify has been expanded this year, says Michelle Richard, MiLEAP director.

“It really covers a lot of options. There’s a skills part to that so if you’re looking at training or credentials, there are options there too.”

Families who have already completed the FAFSA can still enter the contest by searching the MILEAP website.

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