Wednesday, 09 04, 2013
If you’re thinking about college, these tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) may help you receive more money to pay for your education.
· Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after Jan. 1 to apply for state and federal student aid. File online at www.fafsa.gov for the fastest response.
· Look for local scholarships in your newspaper. Community organizations and businesses may have scholarships reserved for local students.
· Talk with your school counselor, who can tell you about financial aid and where to find it.
· Talk with a financial aid officer at the school you plan to attend. He or she can tell you about any aid the school has available.
· Reduce your student loan costs. Take out loans only after you have received all the free aid — grants, scholarships and work-study — for which you qualify. Federal loans are generally better deals than private loans, but compare interest rates and repayment terms carefully.
· Visit websites with free information about college, financial aid and careers.
· Be a neat freak. Neat and complete counts when you’re filling out applications.
· Apply, apply, apply. The more financial aid for which you apply, the better your chances of getting enough aid to pay for college. Make sure you meet all deadlines.
KHEAA is the state agency that administers Kentucky’s student aid programs, including the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES).
To find links to other useful education websites, go to www.gotocollege.ky.gov. For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit www.kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call 800-928-8926, ext. 6-7372.