Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority
August Financial Aid Tip of the Month
Some colleges, especially private schools, require an essay before deciding whether to admit high school seniors as college freshmen. But that essay may also help when it comes to paying for college, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).
Generally, the more exclusive the college, the more important the essay may be in admissions and financial aid decisions.
Essays give colleges a chance to learn more about students than the information on an application. That gives writers a chance to set themselves apart from other students. One admissions officer likened all applicants to vanilla ice cream. The essay gives students the chance to add the extras that make a great sundae or banana split.
Students should devote a great deal of time and consideration to their admissions essays. Colleges are looking for students who can express themselves clearly, using proper spelling, grammar and punctuation. That means proofreading the essay and having a teacher, counselor or parent also help review. It may take several drafts to get it right, but the essay needs to be well-written and error-free. The better the essay, the better a student’s chance of being admitted to a top school.
KHEAA is the state agency that administers Kentucky’s student aid programs, including the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES).
To find links to other useful education websites, 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.