Every day from 10 a.m. until 9:30 p.m., math senior Benjamin Duong’s parents work at their family restaurant called Kemah Cafe. Born and raised in Clear Lake, Texas, Duong spent his childhood helping out at the restaurant by taking orders, cleaning tables and making coffee or lemonade when needed.
The free app, released by the Department of Education at the beginning of this month, will make the filing experience “more positive, engaging, and user-friendly” for students and parents, according to the FAFSA website.
Christina Lopez is one of many students who chose to volunteer rather than study abroad. Lopez’s trip to Colombia was coordinated through AIESEC, a student-run organization focused on student leadership.
From 2012 to 2018, four-year graduation rates for Pell Grant recipients have gone from 40.3 percent to 61 percent, and the same rates for first-generation students have gone from 40.9 percent to 61.5 percent, according to UT Enrollment Management.