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KHEAA Sponsoring Vlogger Contest

Kentucky high school seniors and college freshmen are invited to enter a vlogging contest sponsored by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

The high school student must attend a school that participates in the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) program and plan to attend college next fall. The college freshman must be a KEES recipient attending a Kentucky school.

One senior and one freshman will be chosen to provide four vlogs for KHEAA between January and August 2019. The high school senior vlogs will tell about the winner’s experience with the college admissions and financial aid processes. The college student will talk about making a successful transition from high school to college.

Each winner will receive a $500 scholarship to a Kentucky school.

The contest begins on Oct. 22 and ends Nov. 16. For complete rules, visit www.kygoestocollege.com.

To enter, students must create an original video no more than 2 minutes long that introduces them and tells why they would be the best person to share their experiences. They must submit an entry form and post the vlog to YouTube no later than Nov. 16.

Employees and the immediate family members of KHEAA and the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation (KHESLC) are not eligible.

KHEAA is the state agency that administers KEES, need-based grants and other programs to help students pay their higher education expenses. It also disburses Advantage Education Loans for KHESLC.

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. 6-7214.

High School Basics

Kentucky eighth-graders headed for high school in the fall might find “High School Basics,” a four-page flyer, helpful. The free flyer can be ordered from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

“High School Basics” has sections about:

  • Credits and graduation requirements.
  • Calculating a GPA.
  • Reading a high school transcript.
  • The Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES).
  • Earning college credit while in high school.

Free copies are available by emailing publications@kheaa.com. Please remember to include a mailing address.

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

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. 6-7214.

“It’s Money, Baby”

Kentuckians can tap into free resources from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

“It’s Money, Baby,” a booklet about financial literacy, is available free from KHEAA.

The 32-page booklet includes sections about such topics as:

  • Cash basics.
  • Banking.
  • Credit.
  • Insurance.
  • Fraud and identity theft.

To order a free copy, email publications@kheaa.com. Please include your mailing address. Only Kentucky schools and residents will be sent more than one copy.

An online version of the booklet is available on www.kheaa.com, while financial literacy videos can be found at http://itsmoney.kheaa.com.

In addition, KHEAA’s regional outreach counselors can provide “It’s Money, Baby” presentations for schools and other agencies. Call 800-928-8926, ext. 7577, to schedule a presentation.

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.

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. 6-7214.

IRS Data Retrieval Tool

Kentucky residents filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for student aid must do so this spring without a vital tool, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT), used to transfer data from tax forms to the FAFSA, has been shut down by the IRS because of security concerns. It will not be available again until the next FAFSA season begins Oct. 1, according to a release from the department and the IRS.

The DRT is also used by students and parents whose income must be verified before students can receive their financial aid. The U.S. Department of Education requires many students to go through verification.

Some borrowers repaying federal student loans also use the DRT if their loan repayment program requires yearly updating of income data, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation (KHESLC).

“The IRS is working to identify the number of taxpayers affected by questionable use of the Data Retrieval Tool,” the statement added. “Identity thieves may have used personal information obtained outside the tax system to access the FAFSA form in an attempt to secure tax information through the DRT. The IRS continues to review the extent to which this contributed to fraudulently filed tax returns.”

Without the DRT, the FAFSA and verification forms must be filled out manually.  The FAFSA can be found at fafsa.gov. Colleges have their own verification forms.

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.

KHESLC is a public nonprofit agency that services federal student loans and makes private education loans. KHESLC and KHEAA have the same board of directors.

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. 6-7214.

KHEAA Essay Contest

kheaa_logoA 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 essay about one of these subjects:

  • What my aspiration for my generation is.
  • How education makes a stronger community.

The essay must be no more than 200 words long and cannot mention the student’s name, school, county or community. The essay topic must be shown at the top of the page. The student’s name, address and high school must be listed at the bottom of the essay. The student must be a junior during the 2017-2018 school year. For more information, visit www.kheaa.com/website/contest/intro.

Photos from the winning school will be used in KHEAA publications and on KHEAA websites.

To enter, mail your essay to KHEAA Publications, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602. You may also email your essay to publications@kheaa.com or fax it to (502) 696-7574. The winner will be chosen by a committee of KHEAA employees. The deadline for submissions is May 31.

Students from high schools that have been featured in the past five years — Daviess County, Lexington STEAM Academy, Somerset Christian, J. Graham Brown and Sacred Heart — are not eligible to enter this year’s contest.

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.

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. 6-7214.

Kentucky students who attend private or home schools have free access to Individual Learning Plans from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.

KHEAA works with Career Cruising, which provides the ILP the state uses in all public schools, to give private and home school students in grades 6 through 12 the same planning tool.

ILPs let students explore careers, set up education plans, create résumés and establish personal goals to become college and career ready.

A private or home school student who wants to set up an ILP should log in on kheaa.com. Private schools that want to set up accounts for their students should contact their regional outreach counselor. Contact information can be found behind the Counselors tab at kheaa.com by selecting KHEAA Outreach Services, then Outreach Counselors.

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.

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. 6-7214.

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