No matter where you go to school, chances are you’re looking for help paying for it. There are many opportunities for financial assistance. When seeking financial assistance, leave no stone unturned. There are likely opportunities for you – if you take the time to research. Many types of aid will require that you have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is always advisable to have an up-to-date FAFSA application on file.


Here’s a breakdown of the most common types of assistance adult learners receive:

SCHOLARSHIPS

Financial Aid that doesn’t have to be repaid. Scholarships typically have specific eligibility requirements and have application processes in addition to completing the FAFSA. There are many places you can search for scholarships – a great starting place is the college you’re attending.

GRANTS

Financial Aid that doesn’t have to be repaid. Grants are typically financial need based and come from the state and federal government. Most of the time, you just need to complete the FAFSA to by a deadline to be eligible. Fair warning: If you withdraw from school early you can be required to pay back a grant.

LOANS

Sometimes necessary, but never the best idea. Loans are borrowed money for college or career school. Just like a home or care loan, you must repay your loans – with interest. Loans can come from the federal government or private lenders.


Understanding Federal Financial Aid:

Overview of the Financial Aid Process

Are you ready to attend college or career school, but need financial aid to help fund your education? Check out this video to learn how the office of Federal Student Aid provides more than $150 billion in grants, loans and work-study funds. Visit http://StudentAid.gov to learn more.

How to Fill Out the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows students to apply for more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds. Check out this video for info about the FAFSA and the resources available to help fill out this important application. Visit http://StudentAid.gov/fafsa to learn more.

What Happens After the FAFSA?

Have you filled out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are wondering what happens next? Check out this video to learn what to expect after completing the FAFSA. For more info, visit http://StudentAid.gov/fafsa

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The KentuckianaWorks College Access Center (KCAC) is a one-stop center focusing on college access. It provides FREE financial aid, educational, and career counseling services to adults and youth in the Southern Indiana and Louisville areas. Visit their website for more information: http://mykcac.org

Contact: (502) 584-0475 to make an appointment


Scholarships from Local Community Foundations:

Residents of Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, and Washington Counties can apply for scholarships from their local community foundations to help pay for school expenses. Clicking on the image of the foundation below that serves your county will take you to the foundation’s website to begin your application process. To be eligible for these scholarships, you must register with EMSI!

Plan ahead! Make sure to check for any deadlines and give yourself plenty of time to write a great application!

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Clark and Floyd Counties

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Harrison County

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Scott County

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Washington County


Other Great Scholarship Resources:

UofLFA

The University of Louisville Office of Financial Aid keeps a robust website of scholarship opportunities available to students. The majority of these scholarships are open to students of any college or university – not just UofL.  This page is updated as deadlines for scholarships approach so be sure to check back often! http://louisville.edu/financialaid/scholarships/outside-scholarships.html

Fastweb is a premier online resource when it comes to paying for and preparing for school. They have scholarships for every type of student from the high school freshmen to the returning adult. They’ve been around for over 15 years and have earned a reputation as a leading scholarship search provider. They not only find scholarships but offer members information on financial aid, jobs and internships, student life and more. http://www.fastweb.com

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workone

If you are seeking career information and continuing education to enhance your employability, WorkOne should be your next stop. Career Counselors can help you build your career path and may even be able to provide financial assistance. Learn more about WorkOne here: http://workoneregion10.com. Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, and Washington Counties have offices listed here: http://www.workoneregion10.com/contact-us_office-listing.html