Education Matters

Education Matters is KET's monthly series exploring the educational issues that face Kentuckians. The program is hosted by KET's public affairs reporter, Bill Goodman.

January's Education Matters:

College Financial Aid Call-In 2016

Monday, January 11, at 9:00 pm ET on KET

High school students headed to college (and their families) need to know about the nuts and bolts of applying for and receiving financial aid. In this special live edition of Education Matters, four Kentucky financial aid experts discuss the application process, share advice, and field questions from viewers. The show begins with a brief segment featuring four Kentucky high school seniors from the Prichard Committee's Student Voices team talking about their goals and concerns.

Join hosts Bill Goodman, Renee Shaw, and guests for "College Financial Aid Call-In 2016." See the complete on-air schedule.

Panelists for the program include:

  • Michael Birchett, Director of Financial Aid, Bluegrass Community and Technical College
  • Bob Fultz, Director of Financial Aid, Georgetown College
  • Sandy Neel, Executive Director of Financial Aid, University of Louisville
  • Becky Gilpatrick, Director of Student Aid Services, Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority

Do you have questions about financial aid?

Email us ahead of time at or call in live the night of the show! And find more resources below.

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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.
  • Visit College Goal Kentucky for a list of Kentucky locations where students can go to complete their FAFSA application and receive help if needed.
  • KnowHow2GoKy, from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, is an overview of how to plan for higher education.
  • The financial aid office at the school you're interested in attending is a valuable resource for your unique situation. The Council on Postsecondary Education site includes links to Kentucky's state-supported and independent colleges.
  • 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. General information is also available by phone at (800) 928-8926.
  • 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.

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