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July 2017

Students should check KEES accounts for accuracy Kentucky high school students and 2017 graduates should check their Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) accounts for accuracy. KEES allows students to earn money for college by getting good grades in high school and for qualifying scores on the ACT or SAT. Students eligible for free or reduced lunches may also earn awards for good scores on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge Advanced International exams. KEES is administered by KHEAA. To check awards and personal information, students need to use the MyKHEAA function on If they do not already have a MyKHEAA account, they can set one up using the “Sign In� button on the KHEAA home page. Students can verify their KEES GPA is correct by taking the letter grade for each course taken during the year and converting it to a 4.0 scale. On this scale, an A = 4.0, B = 3.0, C = 2.0, D = 1.0, and F = 0. Pluses and minuses count the same, so an A-minus and an A-plus are both worth 4.0 points. Grades for AP, IB, CAI, and dual credit courses are weighted for KEES, making an A = 5.0, B = 4.0, etc. The GPA is calculated by adding all the points together and dividing the total by the number of credits earned during the year.

In addition to KEES, students should check their personal information: name, date of birth, address and Social Security number. Students who need to have GPAs or other information corrected should contact their high school counselor as soon as possible. If students have problems with their MyKHEAA account or cannot see their KEES information, they should call the KHEAA College Access Team at (800) 928-8926.

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Lower interest rates on private college loans means more savings

Brown named KHEAA outreach counselor Brandon Brown of Ashland has been named the KHEAA outreach counselor for 11 counties in Eastern Kentucky.

Students and parents who need help paying for college may now save more money with Advantage Education Loans from KHESLC. KHESLC has reduced its fixed interest rates to as low as 3.55 percent with auto payment. The exact rate will depend on creditworthiness and choice of payment plan.

Brown will work in Breathitt, Elliott, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Magoffin, Martin, Morgan, Pike and Wolfe counties.

The low-cost loans fill the gap between other financial aid a student receives and the total cost of education. Students should apply for all free aid, such as grants and scholarships, before applying for the loan that has the best terms and conditions.

In addition to schools, Brown will work with adult education centers, state agencies and other groups. He can be reached at or 606205-8810.

To qualify for an Advantage Loan, the student must:

Brown, a graduate of Russell High School and Asbury University, was most recently the assistant director of financial aid for Ashland Community and Technical College.

• Be 18 by the date of application. • Be a U.S. citizen or a non-citizen with a proof of residency card.

Brandon Brown

College students should take advantage of their meal plan

• Have an acceptable credit history or an approved cosigner.

Many colleges require students to have a meal plan, especially if they live on campus. Meal plans vary among colleges, but most will give students a certain number of dining hall meals per week. Students may also be able to add flex dollars to use at the campus food court or other locations. The larger the school is, the greater flexibility students may have.

To qualify for a parent Advantage Loan, the borrower must: • Be the parent or stepparent of an undergraduate or graduate student, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). • Be a U.S. citizen or a non-citizen with a proof of residency card.

Students who choose their meal plan carefully may be able to cut college costs by selecting the plan that is best for them.

• Have an acceptable credit history or an approved cosigner.

Most often, the meal plan will come out of students’ financial aid or their parents’ money if they’re footing the bill. Funds will be loaded on a card students swipe at on-campus cafeterias and restaurants.

Advantage Education Loans are available for students attending eligible colleges and universities. Applications may be submitted online at For more information, call 800-988-6333.

Students can waste a lot of money eating off-campus and even rack up credit card debt by charging food. Most meals on campus are already paid for through the meal plan, so students should eat on campus as much as possible.

KHESLC is a public, nonprofit corporation that provides education loans for students and parents.


Good essay may mean more financial aid for college Some colleges, especially private schools, require an essay as part of their admissions process for college freshmen. That essay may also help when it comes to paying for college. Generally, the more exclusive the college, the more important the essay may be in admissions and financial aid decisions. grammar and punctuation. It may take several drafts to get it right, but the essay needs to be well written and free of errors. Students should have a teacher, school counselor or parent review the essay before submitting it to the college. The better the essay, the better a student’s chance of being accepted at a top school.

Essays let schools learn more about students than just what the application shows. That gives writers a chance to set themselves apart. Students should put time and effort into an admissions essay. Colleges want students who can express themselves clearly, using proper spelling,

High school planners



…… Talk with your school counselor about your options and plans.

…… Develop good study habits.

…… Develop a list of colleges you’re interested in. Check out Getting In, a KHEAA publication that lists Kentucky colleges and universities.

…… Familiarize yourself with your ILP. …… Make good grades.

…… Ask for a preview of your academic record and profile. Talk with your counselor on how you can get accepted to the school of your choice.

…… Make sure you understand how the KEES program works. …… Set up an account on

…… Begin planning college visits. Try to time your visit so you can see classes going on.



…… Talk with your counselor about AP, other advanced classes and dual credit courses.

…… Ask colleges you’re interested in to send you admissions information.

…… Check your ILP to make sure you’re on track.

…… If you’re applying for Early Decision, start filling out the forms to meet the deadline.

…… Make sure your KEES account information is correct: name, address, Social Security number, date of birth, GPA.

…… If you haven’t taken the ACT/SAT or if you think you can do better, take it again.

…… Make a list of colleges that interest you.

…… Get with your counselor to find out about the financial aid sources available to you. Use KHEAA’s Affording Higher Education.

…… Consider taking the PSAT as a prep for your junior year, when it counts.


Visit KHEAA at the Kentucky State Fair Kentuckians attending the state fair in Louisville Aug. 17-27 may pick up free student financial aid information at the College Info Road Show booth in the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center. The College Info Road Show is a mobile classroom sponsored by KHEAA. At the fair, students and parents can find free college planning and financial aid materials and resources, including information about the new Oct. 1 opening date for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). They can also register to win a $1,000 college savings account. KHEAA outreach staff will be on hand to answer questions from students, parents, school counselors and other college access providers. Visitors to KHEAA’s booth will find helpful free guides such as The College Circuit, Surviving College, Getting In and Adults Returning to School. Students and families can also learn how to request a free copy of “Getting the Facts,” a personalized report that helps students estimate how much financial aid they may receive at the schools they want to attend.

Kentucky residents have chance to win iPad in KHEAA drawing Kentucky residents have another chance to win a new iPad from KHEAA in a sweepstakes being held through Facebook in August. The contest runs from 12 a.m. on Aug. 1 through 12 a.m. on Sept. 1. To enter, a Kentuckian must visit the KHEAA Facebook page, click on the “Giveaway” tab on the left side of the KHEAA Facebook page and answer one question about college. On a mobile device, the giveaway post is pinned to the top of the KHEAA Facebook page. KHEAA will not share or sell any personal information to a third party. Only Kentucky residents are eligible. Employees of KHEAA or its sister agency, the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation (KHESLC), and their immediate family members are not eligible. Prior winners are also not eligible. The drawing will be held in early September, and the winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond by email within three calendar days to receive the iPad with Retina display. If no response is received within three days, another winner will be drawn.

Check out KHEAA’s website will help you navigate the career exploration, college preparation and financial aid processes. Planning for College Explore career options, use grade-specific planner timelines, check your coursework against Kentucky’s Precollege Curriculum, check out KHEAA’s comprehensive Getting In publication, learn about entrance and placement tests, consider your college admission options, compare school criteria and access Your KHEAA College Connection newsletters. Picking a School Find Kentucky-specific school information, plan campus visits and tours, and request your personalized copy of the KHEAA “Getting the Facts” report.

“Skills U” branding launched Kentucky Adult Education (KYAE) launched a new brand and logo July 1 for the free instructional programming it offers in all 120 Kentucky counties. “Skills U” reflects an increased emphasis on helping adults build academic and essential workforce skills for college and careers.

Paying for College Discover the real costs of college, get an indepth overview of state and federal financial aid programs, learn how to apply for aid and search for scholarships.

“Our new brand is a reflection of the reality that it is no longer enough for Kentuckians to earn just a high school or GED diploma, a reality further underscored by the implementation of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act,” said Reecie Stagnolia, vice president for adult education, Council on Postsecondary Education.

College Life Discover how to succeed as a freshman, adopt healthy habits, check out things to do and get a plan for making good grades. Money Management Learn how to avoid money troubles, play interactive games, refer to online resources and learn the ropes about your borrower rights and responsibilities.

The act, called WIOA, improves connections to employment and training opportunities for workers and their families. This helps Skills U students enter college and be better prepared to gain and retain living-wage jobs.

Other Resources Watch career videos, link to other helpful web resources and plug into the Kentucky labor market information.

More information about Skills U, including a listing of county contacts, is available at http://www.kyae.

KEES Learn about KEES and access your personal account.


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