The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) will be hosting a “College Info Road Show” in Clay County on January 15 and 16. The “College Info Road Show” uses state-of-the-art technology to connect students with the information they need to research, pursue and succeed in their educational endeavors beyond high school, according to David Scott of the KHEAA.
The program is a collaborative effort between local educators, including Christy Kennedy-Rice, guidance counselor at Clay County High School (CCHS), Terry Gray, regional director at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), and Dr. James M. Davis, education program coordinator at Somerset Community College (SCC).
KHEAA will set up a mobile classroom that will provide an array of important services directly to students and families from the area. The classroom will be equipped with satellite internet access, laptop computers, an instructor’s podium and screen and an outdoor projection unit. Participants will also have help filling out and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Clay County High School seniors and their families should plan to attend the event on January 16 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the high school.
“The guidance department at CCHS wants all students to be college and career ready and as a component of our student success program, we want to provide our graduating seniors and their families with information and assistance in filing their FAFSA in order to maximize their access to financial aid," said Kennedy-Rice.
"We are pleased to conduct this special event for all area students and offer sincere thanks to CCHS, EKU, and KHEAA for being such strong partners that enable students to increase their access to college information and resources," said Davis. “The program integrates well within the goals of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative which seeks to enhance postsecondary education access for students and increase college degree attainment throughout the region."
What to bring
Those who plan to attend should bring the necessary financial documents, household income, and family size and identification information needed to file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The road show is open to all college students from any institution. There is no charge to participate in the program.
According to Davis, the information on the FAFSA determines if students qualify for federal and state grants and for federal student loans.
“Many colleges use the information to award grants and scholarships administered by the school,” Davis said. “Students should submit the FAFSA even if they feel it is unlikely they will qualify for aid. Some student aid programs have limited money and provide funds on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified students, so it is important to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible.”
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.