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School districts join FAFSA-completion effort; aid could help qualifying kids afford college

Nearly half of the school districts in Kentucky will participate in a new program to increase the number of students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.
The FAFSA is a major step in going to college because it is the form used to apply for federal and state student aid programs. The more financial aid students receive, the more likely they are to attend and finish college.
The FAFSA Completion Initiative makes it possible for the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to let districts know which of their students have completed a FAFSA.
KHEAA receives FAFSA data for Kentucky residents each year as the agency that administers state-funded student aid programs. It administers the College Access Program, Kentucky Tuition Grant program and Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship.
The information KHEAA will share is limited to the student’s name and FAFSA completion status. KHEAA will not share any private or financial information that students and parents include on the FAFSA.
The program was established by the U.S. Department of Education.
To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, click here. For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, click here; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call (800) 928-8926, ext. 6-7372.

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