2017-18 FAFSA Changes

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The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is changing this year! 2016-17 High School Seniors will need to complete the FAFSA starting October 1st instead of January 1st. Students AND parents need to create a FSA ID in order to apply for financial aid. Remember, completing the FAFSA is free and the earlier you complete it the more likely you will receive financial aid if eligible. This change affects current college students as well who will be re-applying for financial aid withe FAFSA. Below are several resources to help you complete your 2017-18 FAFSA in a timely manner.

  1. FAFSA Changes
  2. FAFSA Checklist
  3. Create Your FSA ID
  4. Complete the FAFSA

 

 

 

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Mary Jo Young Scholarship

MARY JO YOUNG SCHOLARSHIP

STUDENT MUST:

+ Be enrolled in dual credit courses at a Kentucky college.
+ Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
+ Be a legal resident of Kentucky.
+ Be a high school junior or senior during the 2016-2017 academic year.
+ Either have an ACT composite score of 18 or higher; OR achieve a grade point average
(GPA) of 2.5 or higher for the 2015-2016 academic year.

AWARD: 

+ Up to $420 for one course or $840 for two courses.
+ Reimbursement of textbook cost up to $125 for one course or $250 for two courses.

APPLICATION:

+ Applications for the 2016-2017 year will be available March 1, 2016. The deadline to apply
is May 15, 2016.

Sign or register on the KHEAA website to apply.

FAFSA Verification

 

KHEAA1Every year the U.S. Department of Education requires some students to verify the information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This important process ensures the proper amount of aid is going to the most qualified students. If you have been selected for verification, you MUST provide the information requested or you will NOT be eligible for state or federal aid. KHEAA is partnering with your school to make sure this process goes as smoothly as possible. Please follow the steps below to start the KHEAA Verify process.

KHEAA Verification Flyer

FAFSA Checklist ~ 2016-2017

Mary Jo Young Scholarship

Press Release from KHEAA:

Scholarship helps high school students take dual credit classes

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 6, 2015) — Kentucky high school juniors and seniors have until May 15 to apply for a scholarship to help pay for dual credit classes taken at a Kentucky college or university.

The Mary Jo Young Scholarship, named for a former member of the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA), provides assistance with tuition and textbook expenses for up to two classes each semester. Scholarships can only be used in the fall and spring semesters.

To be considered, students must be in grades 11 or 12 during the 2015-2016 academic year. They must have at least an 18 ACT composite or earn at least a 2.5 GPA during the 2014-2015 academic year. Priority is given to students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch.

The application is available on www.kheaa.com. Students must apply through their www.kheaa.com account.

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.

FAFSA: IRS Data Retrieval Tool

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If you estimated your 2014 income and tax information when you first submitted the 2015-2016 FAFSA, you must update your income information once you have filed your taxes. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is the best way to do that because it transfers your tax information directly to the FAFSA. However, some people are ineligible and must request a tax transcript from the IRS. For more information on FAFSA and how to use the Data Retrieval Tool you can download this document and review page four.

Mary Jo Young Scholarship

??????????The Mary Jo Young Scholarship Program provides need-based scholarships for dual credit and online Advanced Placement® (AP) courses to disadvantaged students in grades 9-12. The scholarship was created to connect students (who likely would not take dual credit or AP courses without payment of their costs by the scholarship) with high quality, college-level learning. Online AP courses are delivered through the Kentucky Virtual High School, while dual credit courses may be taken online or onsite.

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is May 15, 2015. To learn more about the Mary Jo Young Scholarship and eligibility you can click on the link above or download this PDF about the scholarship.

FAFSA Workshop

FAFSA_Logo_HeaderThere will be a FAFSA workshop at Trimble County High School on January 13th at 6pm.  This workshop provides assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Bob McDermott from KHEAA (Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority) will guide students and families through the application process. Participants will receive direct help in completing each section of the FAFSA application. For more information on the FAFSA you can go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. Download the 2015-16 FAFSA checklist.

If you follow the Trimble County College and Career Center’s social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest you can stay up to date on all things college and career related.  Please take advantage of the FAFSA workshop and contact us with any questions you may have.