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.

2012 College Financial Aid Call-In

Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 at 10/9 pm on KET

Join host Bill Goodman and guests for "2012 College Financial Aid Call-In" on Education Matters. See the complete on-air schedule.

Each winter, families of high school seniors begin the process of applying for admission to college—and figuring out how to pay for it. KET’s annual College Financial Aid Call-In brings together experts from Kentucky colleges and state agencies to provide general information about the process and to answer specific questions from viewers.

The 2012 edition of the program, hosted by KET’s Bill Goodman, features these panelists:

  • Megan Cummins, coordinator of the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) program
  • Michael Abboud, associate director of financial aid at the University of Louisville
  • Runan Pendergrast, director of financial aid at Bluegrass Community and Technical College
  • Sandy Neel, senior associate director of the Office of Financial Aid at Bellarmine University

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Topic: 2012 College Financial Aid Call-In

For More Information:
Online Financial Aid Resources

  • 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 a unique Personal Identification Number (PIN) as an electronic signature. The U.S. Department of Education’s PIN registration site has details and instructions.
  • On College Goal Sunday in late January, prospective college students can get free professional advice on financial aid as well as help in filling out application forms at numerous sites across Kentucky.
  • 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 includes planning tools such as explanations of the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship program, the College Access Program, and other programs as well as a student loan payment calculator. General information is also available by phone at (800) 928-8926.
  • State funds are limited; applicants are encouraged to file the FAFSA as soon as possible after Jan. 1.

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