FINANCIAL AID

Anderson Technical Building Room 107
http://help.westkentucky.kctcs.edu

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Index

  1. FAFSA Information
  2. Financial Aid Release (FAR)
  3. Forms
  4. Grant Opportunities
  5. Satisfactory Academic Progress
  6. Student Loan Information
  7. Work Study 

1. FAFSA Information 

The FAFSA is required to receive any type of financial aid at West Kentucky Community & Technical College. While not mandatory for all students, completing it is very strongly encouraged.

  • Apply for a student aid PIN.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online.
  • If you filed taxes, please use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (instructions will be on the FAFSA website).
  • Add School Code 001979.
  • Wait 7-10 days for us to receive your FAFSA and determine if more information is needed.

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2. Financial Aid Release (FAR)

  • A Financial Aid Release (FAR) must be completed to charge books to the bookstore
  • Log-in to Student Self-Service, under “Finances,” click “Financial Aid Release”.   Check all appropriate boxes and then Save. 
  • Bookstore charge dates are typically ten days before the first day of class.
  • Please check your email and campus announcements for exact bookstore charging periods. 

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3. Forms 

Intent to Begin Late-Start Course

Work Study

Verification

4. Grant Opportunities 

Grants are funds that are given to students and do NOT have to be repaid.  Not all students will qualify for each of these grant programs.  Please read the descriptions carefully.  Except for KEES, all grants require a FAFSA to be completed. 

Pell Grant

  • This grant is the foundation of federal student financial aid and can only be awarded to undergraduate students. 
  • When you complete a FAFSA, an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated.  The EFC determines eligibility for a Pell grant.  Please refer to your Student Aid Report from the FAFSA for more information.
  • Additionally, Pell grant amounts are based on enrollment.  When you receive your initial financial aid award, you may see the full amount.  Be aware that the amount will change if you are less than full-time.

Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

  • This grant is awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. 
  • Funds are very limited for this program.
  • If selected to receive this award, they are applied automatically in conjunction with Pell Grants.

College Access Program (CAP) Grant

  • This grant provides funds to Kentucky residents enrolled in at least six credit hours in a two-year program.  
  • CAP is awarded to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. 
  • CAP will be awarded for a maximum of five semesters.
  • Additionally, CAP grant amounts are based on enrollment.  When you receive your initial financial aid award, you may see the full amount.  Be aware that the amount will change if you are less than full-time.

Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES)

  • This is a scholarship designed to encourage and reward high school students for good performance during their high school careers. 
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) determines the amounts for each year of study and bonus dollars are awarded for specified ACT score ranges.  
  • Funding must be used within five years of high school graduation.  
  • Students must be enrolled for at least six semester hours and seeking an eligible educational credential. 
  • Awards are available for a maximum of eight semesters of undergraduate study.

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5. Satisfactory Academic Progress/Return to Title IV

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) only applies to students with previous college work
  • Must pass 67% of courses and have a 2.0 GPA
  • Must not have attempted over 150% of the hours required for your program (Maximum Timeframe)
  • If you have failed to meet SAP, you may complete an appeal.
  • If you fail to complete ANY courses in a semester (earning grades of E, F, and/or W) you may owe a portion of your financial aid back to the school.  The school returns this money to the Department of Education.  This amount is calculated based on how long you attended class OR how many clock hours you earned (if applicable).  

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6. Student Loan Information

Fall/Spring and Spring-only packaging will begin 10 days after your Financial Aid file is complete for the school year.  Most students will be packaged up to the year maximum limits or the school's cost of attendance, whichever is lower.  You may decline your loan, accept a reduced amount of the amount of loan, or accept the entire loan.  All students are mandated to complete the first three steps listed below; the fourth is optional, but strongly encouraged.

If any of the following apply:

  • You are on an approved appeal for not maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • You are approaching your lifetime loan limits
  • You want to increase a previous loan amount

You will NOT automatically receive a loan offer and you will be required to complete an online loan request.

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7. Work Study

  • Complete the application for Work Study employment and return to our office.
  • The Federal Work Study Program provides jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay educational expenses.  The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study whenever possible. 
  • You do not need to be grant eligible to participate in this program. 
  • Students must be enrolled in six credit hours and maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher. 
  • Students are paid $8.25 per hour for on campus and community service jobs.

Once a supervisor chooses to hire you, the College will process your FWS award and present it to you in a Financial Aid Package.  Your total FWS award depends on when you apply, your level of need, and the FWS Program funding level for the current Academic year.

Most FWS jobs are on the College’s campus, but there is a possibility that some FWS jobs will be located in a private nonprofit organization or public agency; and the work performed would be off campus and in the public interest. 

The amount you earn can’t exceed your total FWS award as calculated in your Financial Aid Package.  The College will consider your class schedule and other personal obligations when assigning work hours.  FWS wages are paid two weeks in arrears on the 15th and the 30th of each month.  You may participate in FWS as long as you maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and meet all other FWS eligibility requirements. 

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