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KET’s “College Financial Aid Call-In 2016” provides advice, information from higher education experts


KET’s “College Financial Aid Call-In 2016” provides advice, information from higher education experts

For Release: 12/21/15 8:00 AM

College should be a time of growth and discovery, but for many it can also be a source of stress as students and parents try to find a way to pay for it. Fortunately, financial aid assistance is available.

KET’s “College Financial Aid Call-In 2016,” a one-hour, live special edition of Education Matters offers help in navigating the all-important college financial aid application process. The program, hosted by Bill Goodman, airs Monday, Jan. 11 at 9/8 pm on KET and will also stream live online at

The program features a panel of financial aid representatives from public and private Kentucky colleges and universities who will provide information on the availability of scholarships, grants and other financial aid and offer tips on applying for student loans. The panel will discuss general financial aid issues and field questions from viewers.

Scheduled panelists include:

  • Michael Birchett, Director of Financial Aid, Bluegrass Community and Technical College
  • Bob Fultz, Director of Financial Aid, Georgetown College
  • Becky Gilpatrick, Director of Student Aid Services, Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority
  • Sandy Neel, Executive Director of Financial Aid, University of Louisville

Issues discussed by the panel will include common application mistakes, documents necessary to apply for financial aid, types of aid, deadlines, and financial aid packages.

Viewers can also submit questions to @EducationKET on Twitter and on KET’s Facebook page at prior to the program for possible inclusion on the program.

Additionally, during a pre-taped segment for the show, co-host Renee Shaw speaks with four members of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence’s Student Voice Team about their navigation of the college search and financial aid application process:

  • Amanda Wahlstedt, a senior at Knox Central High School
  • Tsage Douglas and Keith Guy, both seniors from Scott County High School
  • Lydia Burns, a senior at West Jessamine High School

Education MattersCollege Financial Aid Call-In 2016” is a KET production, produced and directed by Tom Bickel.

KET’s education coverage is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

KET is Kentucky’s largest classroom, serving more than one million people each week via television, online and mobile. Learn more about Kentucky’s preeminent public media organization on Twitter @KET and and at


Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications