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Georgetown native wins 2020 Treasurer’s Summer Challenge, $5,000 college scholarship

Treasurer Allison Ball and KY Saves 529 announced Donavan Shackleford, a Georgetown native, as the winner of the 2020 Treasurer’s Summer Challenge and recipient of a $5,000 college scholarship. The financial literacy challenge, lasting through the month of July, consisted of five short online lessons and one capstone essay submission. Kentucky students 13-17 years old were encouraged to participate....

Kentucky Lottery revenues increase funding for need-based student aid programs by $15 million

A good year for the Kentucky Lottery means that the state’s students will be eligible for $15 million more in need-based college financial aid programs from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Gov. Andy Beshear announced the increase during his July 22 statewide briefing. “Due to higher lottery revenues, need-based student financial aid will receive another $15 million above...

KHEAA college and career planning guides for high school freshmen, sophomores available online

College and career planning guides geared toward high school freshmen and sophomores are now available online from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). “Getting Started” is a 13-page booklet that provides freshmen guidance on how to make the most of their high school years. The 14-page “Getting Set” publication for sophomores continues that guidance, with more detailed...

Public prosecutors, defenders may qualify for student loan forgiveness through grant program

Public prosecutors and public defenders in Kentucky may qualify for student loan forgiveness through the John R. Justice Grant program, administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Applications must be postmarked or received by June 19. The estimated award is $800 per year. Awards are paid directly to the lender. Eligible attorneys include prosecutors and public defenders...

Education officials urge students to apply for federal financial aid amid decline caused by COVID-19

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence are urging all high school seniors, college students and returning adults to apply for federal aid this year amid a decline in applications due to COVID-19. The number of Kentucky students filing the Free Application for Federal Student...

KHEAA Outreach turns to social media during pandemic to provide timely information

With schools closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, outreach counselors for the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority have turned to social media to get information to students, parents and counselors. KHEAA Outreach has scheduled free Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sessions through the end of June to replace the in-person presentations the counselors normally conduct. “These sessions...

KHEAA warns Kentucky students of online security threats and measures to protect their information

The theft of credit and debit card numbers should make everyone, including students, more careful about protecting their money from cyber thieves. The following measures can help, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Never provide your Social Security, bank account or credit card number in response to a phone call, text or email. If you get a text or email from a...

KHEAA offers free new edition of ‘Adults Returning to School,’ includes information about financial aid

The 2020 edition of “Adults Returning to School” is now available from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). The 162-page book can guide adults who want to pursue higher education through the admissions and financial aid processes. It is divided into three parts. Part I deals with the decision to return to school. It provides information about adult education programs, admissions...

Fayette County Public Schools to host fall session of Family University Saturday at Henry Clay High School

The fall 2019 session of Family University is coming up Saturday, Nov. 9 at Henry Clay High School. Fam U provides informational sessions for caregivers, enrichment activities for students of all ages, and district/community resources to help families stay engaged in their child’s education. Participation is free, and open to the public. “Family University provides amazing learning opportunities....

Free ‘Getting the Facts’ report from KHEAA will help Kentucky families with college search

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 (KHEAA). “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...

Kyians encouraged to make saving for for college a priority as May 29 college saving day approaches

With 529 College Savings Day approaching, Kentucky’s official education savings plan, KY Saves 529, in encouraging Kentucky families to talk about saving for education at all levels. “Saving for education is a high priority for many Kentucky families. With lowered fees and more features than ever, we’re thrilled to offer KY Saves 529 as an education savings option,” said Executive Director...

Kentucky juniors can win scholarship, photo shoot through KHEAA’s ‘Promote Your School’ contest

A rising junior at one of Kentucky’s public or private high schools will win a $500 scholarship and a photo shoot at his or her school through the “Promote Your School” scholarship contest, sponsored by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. The school must participate in the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) program. To enter, the student must submit an essay about...

Lower fees in works for Kentuckians with a 529 education savings account with KESPT

Lower fees are in the works for nearly all Kentuckians who have a 529 education savings account with the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust. The board of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA), which administers the trust, has chosen Ascensus as the new manager for the plan. Ascensus is the nation’s largest manager of 529 savings programs, which take their name from the section...

Kentucky high school seniors, college freshmen can enter vlogger contest sponsored by KHEAA

Kentucky high school seniors and college freshmen are invited to enter a vlogging contest sponsored by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. The high school student must attend a school that participates in the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship program and plan to attend college next fall. The college freshman must be a KEES recipient attending a Kentucky school. One senior...

KHEAA offering Kentucky residents a chance to win a new iPad through Facebook contest during August

Kentucky residents have another chance to win a new iPad from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) in sweepstakes being held through Facebook in August. The contest runs from 12 a.m. on Aug. 1 through 12 a.m. on Sept. 1. To enter, a Kentuckian must visit the KHEAA Facebook page, click on the “Giveaway” tab on the left side of the page and answer one question about college....

KHEAA offering free booklet, ‘The College Circuit,’ to help Kentucky students prepare for college

Kentuckians planning for higher education will find “The College Circuit,” a booklet published by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA), to be a useful resource. It can be used by students ranging in age from middle school to adults. Parents and counselors can also use it to help their students plan and pay for college. The booklet includes information about careers, college...

KHEAA encourages students to learn difference between needs, wants to grow bank accounts

One of the biggest steps to financial security is learning the difference between a need and a want, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Students who have learned that difference will find that their bank accounts grow more quickly. Needs include clothes, food and, for many students, transportation. With clothes, a want may mean wearing only designer items that...

KHEAA seeking high school juniors for ‘Promote Your School’ scholarship, photo shoot contest

A rising junior at one of Kentucky’s public or private high schools will win a $500 scholarship and a photo shoot at his or her school through the “Promote Your School” scholarship contest, sponsored by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). The school must participate in the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) program. To enter, the student must submit an...

KHEAA Money Tips: It’s never too early for students to start thinking about plans for their retirement

Retirement may seem like a long way off for today’s students, but it’s not too early for them to start thinking about it, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). For decades, U.S. citizens have depended on Social Security for much of their retirement income. However, Congress can change the laws that govern Social Security at any time. Many people have also relied...

KHEAA invites Kentucky students to ‘Dream Out Loud’ for a Chance to Win $1,000 for College

Kentucky’s 529 college savings plan kicked off the annual Dream Out Loud Challenge Monday, inviting families of students in grades Pre-K through 6 to participate for a chance to win a $1,000 college savings plan account and $500 for their school. Students may enter Dream Out Loud by submitting an original drawing, poem, essay or video answering the question: “How will I change the world after I...