KHEAA offers tips to students help avoid getting into trouble through mismanagement of credit cards

Students can get into trouble with credit card debt if they don’t take time to think about what they’re doing, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). One quick way to get into trouble is to carry a high balance and pay only the minimum payment each month. If you have a $1,500 balance, your minimum payment might be $30 a month, since many credit card companies set...

Kentucky 529 College Savings Plan will make matching contribution to accounts opened Nov. 24-27

The weekend after Thanksgiving is known for a frenzy of deals and discounts, but this year the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust (KESPT) is inviting families to invest in the gift of education. Just in time for the holidays, KESPT, Kentucky’s 529 College Savings Plan, is making a $25 matching contribution to any account opened online between Nov. 24 (Black Friday) and Nov. 27, 2017 (Cyber Monday)....

KHEAA names Hutchins to replace outgoing executive director Rollins who retires Dec. 31

The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA)/Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation (KHESLC) has announced Gene Hutchins as new Executive Director/CEO, succeeding Carl Rollins, who is retiring Dec. 31. Hutchins begins his new position on Nov. 27 and assumes the role of the head of KHEAA/KHESLC effective Jan. 1. As Executive Director, Hutchins will have responsibility to...

Bevin names three to KET panel; KHEAA board, postsecondary education council get new members

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Gary Dan Griffith, Mary Bartlett Broecker, and Dr. Melissa Chastain have been appointed to the Kentucky Authority for Educational Television. Griffith, of Owensboro, is chief executive officer for the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. He will serve for a term expiring June 30, 2021. Broecker, of LaGrange, is an active...

New financial aid application timeline affects Kentucky students seeking lottery scholarships

A significant change is on the way for students applying for need-based scholarships and grants made available by the Kentucky Lottery, affecting how tens of millions of dollars will be distributed. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form that every Kentucky student must submit in order to be eligible for any need-based financial aid. This includes the need-based scholarship...

Higher Ed Assistance Authority urges students to check KEES scholarship accounts for accuracy

The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority advises that Kentucky high school students and 2016 graduates should check their Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) accounts for accuracy. KEES allows students to earn money for college by getting good grades in high school and for qualifying scores on the ACT or SAT. Students eligible for free or reduced lunches may also earn awards...

Kentucky Adult Education, KHEAA launch partnership to help college-bound adults

Kentucky Adult Education and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority will launch a partnership on April 1 aimed at helping qualified adults transition or return to college or technical school. As part of the outreach, Governor Matt Bevin recently proclaimed April as Kentucky Adult College Readiness Month. The partnership will provide college-going adults with training and resources, ranging...

Commentary: KHEAA provides free help for parents, students applying for college aid

By Carl Rollins Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority   As we enter the New Year, it’s time for students headed to college in the fall to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA, the form used to apply for most federal and state student aid programs.   For high school seniors it will be a new experience. For parents who’ve never been through the process before,...

Free, personalized report from state helps Kentucky students choose best college fit

Kentucky students and their families can get a free, personalized Getting the Facts report to help them choose the right college. The report is provided by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.   Getting the Facts provides estimates of how much the family can expect to spend and how much financial aid the student may receive. Students can get estimates for up to six colleges across...

Covington's Holmes High example of school-business 'Close the Deal' partnership success

Kentucky’s Close the Deal program, which creates a partnership between school districts and business communities, saw such success in its second year in 2013-14, particularly in Covington’s Holmes High School, that the state was prompted to continue the program and launch it into four more districts this year.   Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, who brought the program to Frankfort from Louisville...

All public high school students can now request transcripts 24/7 online to 44 schools

Students at all Kentucky public high schools now can request their transcripts online and have them sent directly to any of the state’s 44 public or private colleges and universities and other participating schools world-wide.   Since the eTranscript project kicked off last August, all 168 of the school districts with public high schools have undergone training and rolled out the system to students....

Electronic transcripts process makes sending grades to colleges easier and more efficient

Kentucky high school seniors will soon be able to send electronic transcripts to Kentucky colleges and universities, as well as some out of state schools, using the free Kentucky eTranscript process.   “The statewide adoption of electronic transcripts will streamline the college admissions process, in some cases allowing students to complete the process totally online,” said Lt. Gov. Jerry...

Rep. Carl Rollins resigns; governor will call
for special election June 25 to fill House seat

Kentucky Rep. Carl Rollins, who has served the House of Representatives’ 56th district for the past seven sessions, has resigned to take a full-time position with the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corp.   Rep. Carl Rollins (Photo from LRC.gov) The 56th House district includes Woodford County and part of Fayette and Franklin...

Free guide available to help Kentucky students survive their first year in college

Kentucky students headed to college in the fall have a free resource to help them through their first year on campus.   Surviving College, a guide to students’ first year, is now available free from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).   The 36-page booklet includes the following sections: · Majors and class schedules; · Staying healthy and safe...