An Affordable Education
Simmons College of Kentucky is committed to providing an affordable education for all students. Average annual tuition and fee costs for four-year colleges and universities in Kentucky total $8,704. Simmons provides an affordable alternative with annual tuition and fees priced at a reasonable $5,310. With small class sizes and a dedicated faculty, Simmons college provides low price and great value.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
To determine eligibility for federal, state and Simmons College scholarship and grant programs, ALL students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is a short assessment of financial need and can be completed in just a few minutes. It is best to complete your FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st of each year as some funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
To complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, login at www.fafsa.gov. Even if you’ve not made a final decision on your preferred college, you should complete your FAFSA as soon as possible. And because students can request Federal financial aid info be sent to up to 10 colleges at one time, you will not be locked in prematurely.
To apply you will need the following information to complete your application:
- Your Social Security Number
- Your most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned.
- Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
- Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
- A Federal Student Aid PIN to sign electronically. (Get yours at www.pin.ed.gov )
NOTE: If you are claimed as a dependent on a parent or guardian’s taxes, you need this information for that person as well.
It is important to note that the first F in FAFSA represents “Free”. If the website you access specifies a charge you a fee to apply for aid, you know you are not at the correct website. The FAFSA application is always completely free.
Financial Aid Options
Simmons College of Kentucky students have various options to pay for college. A few of the most common grant and scholarship programs include the following:
Pell Grants are federally funded and awarded based on financial need. For the 2015-2016 academic year, the award maximum is $5,775 per year, which could cover the entire cost of tuition and fees. Eligibility is determined based on your FAFSA results.
Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES)
For residents of Kentucky, you may also be eligible for a KEES scholarship. Funds are awarded for each year of high school in which you earn a 2.5 or better GPA. For example, if you have a 2.7 GPA in the 9th grade, you would be eligible for $175/year for four years of college. Students are eligible for bonus awards based on ACT scores ranging from $36/year for a 15 to $500/year for a 25 or higher.
Students must register separately by clicking the sign-in button on the KEES website located at www.kheaa.com.
College Access Program Grant
CAP Grants are awarded in amounts up to $1,900 by the state of Kentucky to financially needy undergraduate students as determined by FAFSA results. Students must be carry a minimum of six (6) credit hours and be enrolled in a Bachelor or Associate of Arts degree program. Additional information can be found at www.kheaa.com/website/kheaa/cap?main=1
The Simmons Scholars program provides first-generation college students from underserved communities with full range of financial and emotional support services to facilitate the transition to college. Scholars receive a minimum of one-year, books, meals, supplies, dormitory accommodations, tutoring, leadership training, professional mentors and potential access to summer employment.
Eligible students must be 18-25 with a high school diploma or GED. The must also be enrolled as a full-time student and commit to participate in community service program. Speak with a Financial Aid Officer for additional information.
Employer Tuition Programs
Many companies reimburse employees for tuition costs based on attainment of a minimum grade point average. If you are currently working, check with your employer.
Simmons College of Kentucky is an eligible Earn & Learn site through the United Parcel Service (UPS). For more information visit the UPS website www.ups.com