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 2014

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

Applying for financial aid can be a daunting prospect, especially for students and families who are unfamiliar with the process. This special live edition of Education Matters features a panel of experts who provide general information about financial aid and answer specific questions from viewers. The program also features a video segment in which moderator Renee Shaw asks four Kentucky high school students to share their concerns about paying for college.

Join hosts Bill Goodman and Renee Shaw and their guests for "College Financial Aid Call-In 2014." See the complete on-air schedule.

Panelists for the program include:

  • Victoria Owens, Director of Financial Aid, Kentucky State University
  • Sandy Neel, Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid, Bellarmine University
  • Summer Gortney, Outreach Counselor, Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority
  • Derek Ball, Financial Aid Program Coordinator, Kentucky Community & Technical College System

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Topic: College Financial Aid Call-In 2014

Upcoming Episodes:

"Growing Leaders" is the final episode of the 2013-2014 season. Please join us in the fall for more explorations of important education issues in Kentucky. See all airdates


Special thanks to students Ross Boggess, Henry Clay High School; Andrew Brennen, Dunbar High School; Hope Henderson, Lafayette High School; and Tia Thé, Lexington Catholic High School for allowing KET to record them for this episode.

Online Financial Aid Resources:

State 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 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 sites where students can go to complete their FAFSA application.
  • 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.

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