High School Students
As you consider your college journey, one of the best sites to visit first is the Students and Parent Page of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. This page contains a variety of resources for planning, selecting and paying for college.
The KentuckianaWorks College Access Center (KCAC) is a local 55,000 Degrees partner who can assist high school students and their parents with identifying local, state and national resources which can help you plan and pay for college.
This site provides much of the information students will need to apply for college in Kentucky.
Planning for College
Take the Right Classes.
While you are in high school you should do all you can to take the classes and be involved in learning experiences that will help you succeed in college. KHEAA (The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority) has a useful website that identifies those classes that make up the Precollege Curriculum, that is, the classes that best prepare you for college.
First Steps. KnowHowToGOKy is a great place to start. This website is filled with advice, resources and step by step guidance on planning for college.
College Planning Checklist. There are specific things you can do during each year of high school to plan for and prepare for college. Use one of these college planning checklists to keep track of yoru progress and important application deadlines.
Find The Right College For You. Choosing a college is a big decision. The College Board’s College Search is one way to help you make the best decision for you. To begin, choose one of two starting points. Use MatchMaker to generate a list of colleges that match your preferences. Use QuickFinder to research a college that you already have in mind.
Applying to College
College Application FAQs. Once you decide which colleges you are interested in, it’s time to start on your applications. It’s normal to have a lot of questions about this process. Here are the answers.
The Application Calendar. There’s a lot to keep track of when you’re applying to college. Use this calendar to get an overview of the college application process and the deadlines you have to meet.
Preparing for Admission Tests. Many colleges use admissions tests to help them make admission decisions. It’s important to have a plan for doing your best on these exams. Here are some steps to consider. https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-in/testing/how-to-prepare-for-admission-tests.
Locally, there are 18 branches of the Louisville Free Public Library, located in neighborhoods throughout the city, which offer a variety of services including ACT/SAT prep, preparation for placement exams, study skills development, and GED support services.
Paying for College
The FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the first step in the financial aid
process. You use it to apply for federal student financial aid, such as grants, loans and work-study. In addition, most states and schools use information from the FAFSA to award non-federal aid.
Scholarships, Work Study and other alternatives. Grants and loans are not the only way to find help for college costs. It is well worth your time to research scholarship and work-study opportunities. The KHEAA website is a great resource for information on scholarships, work-study, tuition waiver and savings.
The 55,000 Degrees Louisville Scholarship Database lists hundreds of scholarships available to Louisville students.
The Career One Stop also contains numerous searchable scholarships.