Needs-based tuition assistance grants available for part-time students

Kenai Peninsula College

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Beginning next semester, part-time students taking five to nine credits who have applied for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet defined criteria for income will automatically be eligible for tuition waiver grants ranging from one to three credits. This needs-based financial aid program was initiated by the University of Alaska Board of Regents.

According to Bill Howell, student services director, “This program is different in that it targets part-time rather than full-time students, like most of our other scholarships. Another difference is that part-time students need only be enrolled in a degree program, taking 5-9 credits, and they need to have filled out the FAFSA. If they meet these criteria, they will be automatically considered for the tuition assistance. We hope that this tuition support will help arrest the recent decline in the number of part-time students attending KPC.”

Students’ FAFSA applications will be evaluated using the expected family contribution (EFC) amount. The students who will be considered also have to meet University standard policies for financial aid eligibility, such as, but not limited to, satisfactory academic progress, admissions and non-default status.

KPC has over $10,000 to award to part-time students in the spring semester. Only students who have filled out the FAFSA will be considered for this tuition assistance. The FAFSA can be accessed at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.

Scholarship application packets available

KPC has a list of available financial aid to students, including scholarships, tuition waivers and grants. Some are referred to as campus-based scholarships and are sponsored by a variety of sources including private foundations, memorial funds and fraternal organizations.

There are some years scholarships go unclaimed because they are not applied for. Students need only to obtain the application, either from the financial aid office at KRC or download the application from the KPC Web site. Filling out one application allows the student to apply for several different scholarships.

For more information about financial aid for college, call the financial aid office at 262-0332 or e-mail incmb@uaa.alaska.edu .

New exhibit in the G.L. Freeburg Gallery

“It’s hard to resist an art show called Messing Around and Having Fun,” an unidentified student was overheard saying in the hall at KPC this week.

This unusual collection of sculptural ceramics, created by Homer artists Paul Dungan and Paul Eneboe, will be on display in the campus gallery through Nov. 15.

The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

KPC art faculty collaborate on installation exhibit

Celia Anderson and Joy Falls, KPC art professors, together with KPC graduates Connie Tarbox and Laurie Marta, who earned bachelor’s degrees in art, have created an art installation at the Kenai Fine Arts Center.

According to the artists’ exhibit statement, “An installation is an art form that transforms space. It utilizes space to create an environment that the audience walks through or has to relate to as part of the work; the audience becomes an active part of the piece.”

The art installation is titled “Taking on Water.” According to the artists, “Our installation structure is a metaphor for something larger, more basic and profound. The piece afforded many opportunities to consider the status of our world. To create a visual representation of a failing vessel, emblematic of the plight of our planet, was the goal of this collaborative project.”

The large, boat-shaped piece fills the entire front gallery at the KFAC. The frame-work is made from bunches of willow branches and the fragile covering from paper. In order to fully appreciate the work, the artists suggest observers walk around the structure and have their own shadows become a “ghostly form occupying the boat.”

There will be a closing reception for Taking on Water from 1-3 p.m. Sunday. The Kenai Fine Arts Center is located at 816 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai.

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.



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