Financial aid is the only way many students are able to attend college. The best kind of financial aid is the kind that doesn't have to be repaid. Scholarships and grants fall into this category and the Kenai River Campus Financial Aid office encourages students to apply for these types of awards before they apply for student loans.
Many scholarships and financial aid options do not require full-time student status, but nearly all require the student to be enrolled in a degree or certificate program. For most types of financial aid, applying begins with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is necessary to resubmit a FAFSA each year a student wants aid, as the amount of need is recalculated annually, often based on changing factors such as the number of siblings also in college. A few weeks after submitting the FAFSA, students receive a letter that summarizes their financial data, detailing their aid eligibility and expected family contribution. The government and schools then use this information to decide on the amount of the aid award.
Kenai Peninsula College offers many different scholarships and many of the campus-based scholarships can be applied for using one application packet. The 2011 Fall Scholarship Packet can be downloaded at kpc.alaska.edu/KPC/financialaid. Requirements include completing the FAFSA, application form, providing unofficial transcripts and including a personal essay that outlines the applicant's educational and career goals.
Scholarships available in the application packet include the Dr. Shelley A. Theno Psychology Endowed Scholarship, Brockel Family Endowed Scholarship, Chevron-KPC Scholarship, Damon Foundation Scholarship, Icicle Seafood Seward Scholarship, Icicle Seafood Endowed Scholarship, Catherine Hays Memorial Scholarship, Dave Forbes Memorial Scholarship, John and Mae M. Hakala Scholarship, Riemann Memorial Scholarship, Joseph and Terese Kashi Science and Technology Scholarship, Robert and Polly Anne Reasner Scholarship, Soldotna Lions Club Scholarship, North Slope Borough Scholarship and the Kenai Peninsula College Council Community Scholarship. There are also KPC staff, faculty and Student Union sponsored scholarships as well as several tuition waivers that can be applied for.
The deadline for the fall scholarship packet is 5 p.m., April 7, 2011. For more information, contact the Financial Aid office at 262-0332.
Learn to build a log cabin and the basics of fly fishing
The Kenai River Campus is offering a short course in log cabin construction taught by Tom Corr. The class will meet from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., March 14-18, March 21-26, and March 28. The course covers planning and organization, estimating cost, and the major phases of log building including foundation, floor, walls, roof, windows, doors and trim. The course offers extensive hands-on experience as well as classroom instruction.
Another short course coming up is Beginning Fly Fishing taught by local expert Dave Atcheson, author of Fishing Alaska's Kenai Peninsula: A Complete Angler's Guide. The class will meet from 7:15-9:15 p.m. on Wednesday evenings from March 30 through April 27 in room 109 in the Ward Building. The class will introduce the basics of fly fishing, including selection of equipment, types of line, flies, and techniques geared toward local lakes and streams.
For more information about these and other upcoming short courses, contact KRC Student Services at 262-0330.
This article was provided by Suzie Kendrick, advancement programs manager at Kenai Peninsula College.
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