Aid applications rise

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The number of Oklahoma college students applying for federal financial aid is rising.

Officials say the number of applications for aid is up 3 percent from about 127,000 last year to more than 130,000 applications this year.

Financial aid officials say they're pleased with the increase because it means more students are aware of federal aid such as Pell Grants and Stafford Loans.

Rick Edington with the Oklahoma State Guaranteed Loan Program says students should always fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid before looking for a private loan.

Information from: The Oklahoman,

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