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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will return to the University High School of Science and Engineering in Hartford on Tuesday afternoon for a conversation about financial aid for college.

The town hall-style meeting will highlight the 2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other resources available to access higher education.

Last week, President Barack Obama’s administration convened higher education leaders and announced 100 new commitments to expand college access and opportunity.

The department has also worked to ensure that the FAFSA is an inclusive form that reflects the diversity of American families, according to a White House press release. Beginning with the 2014-15 federal student aid form, the Department will — for the first time — collect income and other information from a dependent student’s legal parents regardless of the parents’ marital status or gender, if those parents live together.

Duncan will be joined by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, and University of Hartford President Walter Harrison. The event will begin at 1:40 p.m.