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 2015

Origionally aired: Monday, January 26, at 9:00 pm ET on KET

High school students planning to attend college (and their families) need to know the ins and outs of applying for and receiving financial aid. In this special live edition of Education Matters, host Bill Goodman welcomes four Kentucky financial aid experts who share advice about the application process and answer questions from viewers about paying for college. The show starts with a brief video of Kentucky high school seniors asking questions about college affordability.

Join hosts Bill Goodman and guests for "College Financial Aid Call-In 2015." See the complete on-air schedule.

Panelists for the program include:

  • Will Bradley, Financial Aid & Scholarships Coordinator, Gateway Community and Technical College
  • Cassandra Clark, Senior Outreach Coordinator for Northwest Kentucky, Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority
  • Bob Fultz, Associate Director of Student Financial Planning, Georgetown College
  • Sandra J. Neel, Executive Director of Financial Aid, University of Louisville

Do you have questions about financial aid?

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Topic: College Financial Aid Call-In 2015

Upcoming Episodes:

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Acknowledgments

Special thanks to students from Fayette and Knox counties for allowing KET to record them for this episode.

See what other Kentucky high school students are asking:

Online Financial Aid Resources:

Since state grant funds are limited, applicants are encouraged 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 a unique Personal Identification Number (PIN) as an electronic signature. The U.S. Department of Education's PIN registration site has details and instructions.
  • 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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