MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. -

President Barack Obama said education is the best investment in America's future, and he's urging high school students to make sure they file for federal financial aid.

Obama delivered his message Friday at Coral Reef Senior High School.

Air Force One arrived at Homestead Air Reserve Base shortly after 1:30 p.m. Accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, the president took a helicopter to the southwest Miami-Dade County school, where he met with students before a weekend retreat with his family in the Florida Keys.

Obama said too many students lose out on millions of dollars in aid by not filing, and he is beginning a new initiative to help change that.

Beginning in the fall, the federal Education Department can begin working with states to identify students who have not filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

States can use the information to help schools and school districts work with those students.

After the event, Obama was headed with his wife and daughters for a weekend family vacation in Key Largo.