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Financial Aid Tips


High school seniors considering attending college should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA, on October 1st. The FAFSA is the form students complete to determine if they qualify for federal and state grants and to apply for loans. Students should submit the FAFSA even if they feel it is unlikely they will qualify for aid. Many colleges use information from the FAFSA to determine the distribution of grants and scholarships administered by the school. The FAFSA asks for information about income, assets and expenses. A formula set by Congress is used to determine the student’s eligibility for federal and state aid. If the student is considered dependent under federal guidelines, both the student and the parents must provide financial information. Note, nearly all students going directly to college from high school are considered dependent. 


Also, filling out the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1st makes sure that students are eligible for some financial aid programs that have limited money and provide funds on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified students. 


KHEAA recommends that students submit the FAFSA online at, beginning October 1st, although they may also be mailed to the FAFSA processor.


To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, visit


For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602-0798; or call (800) 928-8926, extension 6-7372.


If you’re headed to college, following these tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) can give you the edge in the yearly race for scholarship dollars.


Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1. The FAFSA is used to apply for state and federal student aid. File online at

Look for local scholarships in your newspaper. Community organizations and businesses may have scholarships reserved for local students. You can contact the sponsors for more information.

Talk with our guidance counselor, Stefanie Shoulders, or our CCR coach, Christie Hughes, who are excellent resources and can tell you about financial aid in general 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.

Find out how to reduce student loan costs. Most financial aid packages include student loans. Learn as much as you can about fees, discounts and other benefits offered by lenders so you get the best deal.

Visit Web sites with free information about college, financial aid and careers.

Be a neat freak. Neat and complete counts when you’re filling out applications. And make sure you pay attention to any deadlines.

Apply, apply, apply. The more financial aid for which you apply, the better your chances of getting enough aid to pay for college. 


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Pay attention to deadlines for scholarships, admissions

High school seniors should pay close attention to application deadlines for college admissions and financial aid. Here are some tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA):

  • If you have not yet chosen a college, narrow your list by visiting schools, comparing colleges on and talking with your counselor and your parents.
  • If you plan to go through the early decision process, which means you commit to going to a particular school in the fall, most schools request the applications be submitted before the normal deadlines.
  • If you’re going through the regular admissions process, now is the time to talk with teachers about writing recommendations. It is also time to complete your admissions essay if you need to write one.
  • Check with the financial aid offices of the schools to which you’ve applied to determine if they require any financial aid forms other than the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Attend any college fairs and financial aid seminars offered by your high school or in your area. If a company wants to charge you a fee for helping you with admissions and financial aid applications, make sure it’s a reputable company by checking with the state Attorney General’s office or Better Business Bureau in your area, as well as the area where the firm is located.

To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, visit For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602-0798; or call (800) 928-8926.


Information on Applying For College Admission and Scholarships


Many of you have already started applying for admissions to the school or schools of your choice. For those that have not, NOW is the time. Most schools provide valuable information on-line including admissions and scholarship applications. Remember to check admissions, scholarship, and grant DEADLINES. Extensions are NOT offered for scholarships or grants so never push deadlines!!!


Students qualifying for free or reduced lunch may qualify for an admission fee waiver. Check with the college/technical school before applying.


Financial Aid


All seniors must complete a FAFSA form. To improve your chances of receiving state and federal grants, complete the FAFSA form as soon after October 1 as possible.

Complete the FAFSA application after Oct. 1 at:



For more information not listed on this page or general questions contact the CCHS Guidance Couselor, Mrs. Stefanie Shoulders - or the College & Career Readiness Coach, Mrs. Christie Hughes -