Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority
April Financial Aid Tip of the Month
More and more Kentucky students are turning to the new GoHigherKy.org Web site for information to help them plan, prepare and pay for college. For some students, such as Larry Joe Fitzpatrick of Martha, Ky., it changes lives.
Fitzpatrick hadn’t planned to go to college after graduating from Lawrence County High School in 2006, but completing the Web site’s Interest Finder exercise spurred him to consider becoming a physical education teacher. Now he’s a student at Alice Lloyd College in Eastern Kentucky.
He recommends GoHigherKY.org to other students. “Any student who thinks they can’t go to college should look at it,” Fitzpatrick said. “Give it a chance.”
GoHigherKY.org is a one-step Web site for college and career planning. A cooperative effort among colleges, state agencies and other organizations, the site can be used by students, parents, college students, adult students and guidance counselors. Students can run free scholarship searches, transfer information to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), take virtual tours of colleges, find colleges that match their preferences and apply to colleges online.
The college planning section provides checklists for students in grades 8–12. Beginning with the junior year, the site provides a month-by-month list of actions college-bound students should take. The college planning section also allows students to keep track of their courses and grades as they go through high school.
The Counselor Center helps counselors track their students’ progress through the college admissions process. The center also allows counselors to combine their calendar of events with students’ calendars and communicate with students via online chats and e-mails.
To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, visit www.GoHigherKY.org. 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, extension 7381. For more information about student loans, visit www.studentloanpeople.com; write The Student Loan People, P.O. Box 24328, Louisville, KY 40224-0328; or call (888) 678-4625.