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When June Fomby was in high school, she knew so little about how to apply for financial aid for college that she almost missed the application deadline.

She "didn't even know the name" of the form she was supposed to fill out that determined whether she was qualified for any of the biggest government grants and loans, Fomby said.

"High schools should be educating us about it," said Fomby, who was surprised by the number of additional hoops she's had to jump through since enrolling at Foothill College, a community college south of San Francisco where she is now a 19-year-old freshman. "They're educating us so much about graduating, but what are we going to do once we get to college?"

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