Kentucky students who plan to attend an in-state college or university in fall 2011 should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after Jan. 1. Filing early increases a student’s chance of receiving a state need-based grant administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). The FAFSA is available at www.fafsa. ed.gov.
Students attending Kentucky colleges and universities may qualify for College Access Program (CAP) Grants. A student must show financial need and be enrolled for at least half-time toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. The maximum CAP Grant award is $1,900 per year.
Students attending most of Kentucky’s private colleges and universities may qualify for a CAP Grant and a Kentucky Tuition Grant (KTG). KTG awards are based on the same criteria as CAP Grants. The maximum KTG award is $2,964 per year.
Funding for CAP and KTG is limited, with awards made to qualifying students on a first-come, first-served basis. Award amounts may change based on available funding.
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 40602-0798; or call (800) 928-8926, ext. 6-7372.