Talk of fewer students starting college in the fall Is being reflected in the number of federal aid applications.
Between March and April, 45-percent fewer students applied for the aid than the year before. As of late June, overall applications were down by 70,000.
Studies have found that students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, are more likely to enroll in college. Those who receive aid are more likely to stay in school.
Education officials are encouraging students to fill out the FAFSA form over the summer even if it's just to see how much money they would be eligible for.