College Financial Aid | Education Matters

College should be a time of growth and discovery, but for many it can also be a source of stress as students and parents try to find a way to pay for it. Fortunately, financial aid assistance is available.

KET’s College Financial Aid 2024: Education Matters offers help in navigating the all-important college financial aid application process. You can view the program, hosted by KET’s Kelsey Starks, online now.

The program features a panel of financial aid experts who will provide information on the availability of scholarships, grants and other financial aid and offer tips on applying for financial assistance using the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Issues discussed by the panel will include common application mistakes, documents necessary to apply for financial aid, types of aid, deadlines and financial aid packages.

Online Financial Aid Resources

Since state grant funds are limited, applicants are encouraged to file the FAFSA as soon as possible.

  • Start the application process with FAFSA online, the electronic version of the required federal form. This form is used to gather the basic family financial information, which is then sent to all schools designated by the applicant. For answers to general questions about the FAFSA, call (800) 4FED-AID.
  • Students may apply for federal financial aid programs online, using an FSA ID (user name and password). The Federal Student Aid website has details and links for creating the ID. It replaces the previous PIN system.
  • The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority provides information about the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship program and other state scholarships, state grant programs such as the College Access Program, and state waivers, along with a student loan payment calculator.
  • The Kentucky Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators provides students with links to Kentucky colleges and universities as well as links to other financial aid information and resources.
  • U.S. Department of Education site explains how to view Federal student loan documents, entrance counseling and how to sign promissory notes.

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