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Filing FAFSA early gives students better chance at state grants

Kentucky students planning to attend an instate college or university this fall should file the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. Filing early increases a student’s chance of receiving a state needbased grant administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). The FAFSA is available at www.fafsa.gov.

A student attending a college or university in Kentucky may qualify for a College Access Program (CAP) Grant. To qualify, a student must show financial need and be enrolled at least half-time toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

A student attending a Kentucky private college or university may qualify for a Kentucky Tuition Grant (KTG) in addition to a CAP Grant. To qualify for KTG, a student must show financial need and be enrolled full-time.

Funding for CAP and KTG is limited, with awards made on a firstcome, first-served basis. Award amounts for the 2015- 16 academic year will be set in the spring.

For more information about CAP and KTG, view the KHEAA-administered programs under the Paying for College section on www.kheaa.com or email grants@kheaa.com.

KHEAA is the state agency that administers the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES), need-based grants and other programs to help students pay their higher education expenses.

To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, go to www.gotocollege. ky. gov. For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit www.kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call 800-928- 8926, ext. 6-7372.

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