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Kentucky agencies to help students fill out federal aid forms over summer

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The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is offering summertime assistance to students needing to fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) student aid form.

The state agency is offering a group of information sessions for students and families to help them make sense of changes in the student aid formula.

It comes after a delayed rollout nationwide, meant to simplify the process and allow for more students to benefit. But the delay left students without a clear idea of how much they owe to attend their college of choice.

“We want them to come with where they're at in this process, even if they're a beginner and they haven't started,” said Kim Welch, executive director of GearUp Kentucky. “So even if they haven't started, we can kind of walk them through that process.”

Welch says there are plans to host one-on-one sessions at high schools across the state.

“These are kind of like a professor's open office hours at a college,” Welch said. “It's a drop-in sort of open house, where they can just get immediate, hands-on assistance based on their personal situations.”

A statewide virtual session is also scheduled Tuesday at 6:30 p.m, available via livestream on GearUp Kentucky’s Facebook page. In person, one on one assistance begins June 5, with locations available online.

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Shepherd joined WEKU in June 2023 as a staff reporter. He most recently worked for West Virginia Public Broadcasting as General Assignment Reporter. In that role, he collected interviews and captured photos in the northern region of West Virginia. Shepherd holds a master’s degree in Digital Marketing Communication and a bachelor’s in music from West Virginia University.
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