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PRESTONSBURG – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) offers a variety of programs to assist students with the cost of pursuing a college education.


Here’s a breakdown of each program:


Financial Aid


Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.ed.gov as early in January as possible to increase their chances of receiving the maximum amount of funds available. Unlike Federal aid, State awards are made until funds are depleted for the academic year.


Scholarships


Scholarships in excess of $350,000 are awarded annually through both Big Sandy Community and Technical College and the Big Sandy College Educational Foundation, Inc. For more information, contact Leslie Bays at (606) 886-7391 or email leslie.bays@kctcs.edu.


Ready to Work


Ready to Work is a partnership between BSCTC and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The program provides assistance to low-income parents who qualify for the Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (KTAP). The program includes providing work-study opportunities for students. The income generated from this does not affect KTAP benefits. For more information, contact Cassandra Crum-Stratton at (606) 889-4723 or email ccrum0003@kctcs.edu or Terry Burchett at (606) 218-1214 or email tburchett0005@kctcs.edu.


Work and Learn


Work and Learn provides assistance to low-income parents who qualify for the Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (KTAP). The program is for students who are working towards their GED or who already have a high school diploma or GED and need to strengthen some basic skills before entering college. The program includes providing work-study opportunities for students. The income generated from this does not affect KTAP benefits. For more information, contact Cassandra Crum-Stratton at (606) 889-4723 or email ccrum0003@kctcs.edu or Terry Burchett at (606) 218-1214 or email tburchett0005@kctcs.edu.


Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky


Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky (AOKY) is a partnership between Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Kentucky Adult Education and the Kentucky Education and Workforce Cabinet. The program provides a comprehensive fast-track for students to retrain, retool and go to work. Featuring five tracks (welding, computer information technology, electricity, industrial maintenance and allied health), the program aims to provide a quick pathway to a credential in a high-wage, high-demand field and encourage the pursuit of a degree. For more information, contact James Chafin at (606) 788-2845 or email jchafin0005@kctcs.edu.


Service Member/Veteran Benefits


Service members and veterans are eligible for an array of benefits while participating in approved education or training programs. There are also benefits for certain dependents. To determine eligibility, access the Department of Veteran Affairs website at www.vba.va.gov. Once benefits have been approved, you will receive a certificate of eligibility and then you will need to make an appointment with a counselor at BSCTC. For more information, contact Jeffrey Hicks at (606) 889-4841 or Jeffrey.hicks@kctcs.edu; Elizabeth Cole at (606) 218-1215 or Lillian O’Bryan at (606) 788-2819 or lobryan0001@kctcs.edu.


Other Financial Resources


There are several third-party financial resources available for students. These include Vocational Rehabilitation (http://www.ovr.ky.gov/), Big Sandy Community Action and WIA (http://bsacap.org/) and AmeriCorps (http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/AmeriCorps).

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