One day in mid-December, a purple-clad army of college students prepared to sweep through Renton High School, bringing snacks, drinks and most of all, information.
Laura McDowell marshaled the forces — about 50 University of Washington students — in the school's counseling center, making sure they were all working on the same thing before they fanned out across the building.
"Have your students go to fafsa-dot-gov," McDowell rapped out in a commanding voice. "Can anyone tell me what it stands for? Anybody?"
"Free Application for Federal Student Aid," the students responded, not exactly in unison. Filling out the form is a necessary step to getting financial aid for college.