For students in Bell, Clay, Harlan, Knox, Laurel and Whitley counties
BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2015) — Union College has established a grant program designed to make college more affordable for students in Bell, Clay, Harlan, Knox, Laurel and Whitley counties. The Southeastern Kentucky Grant, a tuition assistance program, will be available to students beginning in the fall of 2016. “There is this perception among some students in our service area that Union is not affordable, but that is far from the case,” said Craig Grooms, senior director of Undergraduate Enrollment. “Our goal here is to help students get tuition covered and begin their college career with one big step forward.”
All high school seniors planning for fall 2016 admission are eligible for the program.
To be eligible, students must:
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum ACT of 17
- Have their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completed by January 30
- Have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) must be between $0 and $1,000.
Students that meet the criteria will work with financial aid counselors to finalize their tuition obligations. The students’ Pell grant, state grants, KEES funding and subsidized loan funds will be allocated toward Union’s $24,000 a year tuition. Any amount not covered by those state and federal assistance programs will be directly covered by Union and the Southeastern Kentucky Grant.
“If a student applies by the end of January and our financial aid counselors can get their state and federal tuition funds locked in, Union will make sure that student gets the remainder of their tuition covered,” Grooms said.
In 2014, Union awarded institutional aid to 100 percent of its students. The average scholarship award amounted to $22,498.