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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...

KHEAA reminds students to take care when completing information on federal aid application

The U.S. Department of Education is requiring many students who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to complete a verification process for the information they submit. Used to apply for most federal and many state student aid programs, the FAFSA asks detailed questions about the income and resources of students. Parents are required to provide their information as well if their...

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...