President Challenges Students During Stop in Des Moines

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- President Obama scooped himself Monday afternoon before he held a town hall-style meeting on college affordability with students, families and teachers at Des Moines North High School.

"FAFSA, FAFSA, FAFSA, FAFSA, FAFSA," the President said in a video his office sent out.

FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Obama challenged high school students to sit down with their families to fill out the federal forms to determine whether they are eligible for federal financial aid for college.

Later in the afternoon, the President spent more than an hour taking questions in a sweaty auditorium on a variety of subjects involving education.

Among the topics he was asked?

What advice he would give to his daughter, Malia, about college? The President said he would tell her to keep her grades up, not stress too much about making into one particular college and not to focus on where here friends want to go to college.

Stop federal funding for colleges that show political bias as Republican candidate Ben Carson has suggested? Obama said he doesn't know what Carson is talking about and he doesn't think Carson does either.

Asked which presidential candidate he thinks has best ideas for education? Obama said he would have to pass on that question.

Whether undocumented students should get federal financial aid? President said those students should still fill out FAFSA. Current law stops them from getting federal aid but maybe could qualify for student aid.

The President also criticized what he said was "anti-immigrant" rhetoric. He ended his remarks by saying, "Unless you're a Native American, your family came from someplace else."

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