GEAR UP Kentucky

FAFSA Resources

What is the FAFSA and why should I complete it?

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form is what you need to complete to apply for federal student aid, work-study funds, and loans. Completing and submitting the FAFSA form is FREE, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to help pay for college or career school. 

In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA to determine whether you qualify for their aid. (To learn more, visit 

Don't leave money sitting on the table! Completing the FAFSA helps ensure you get the money you need to help pay for your post-high school education - whether that be a short-term certification program or a two- or four-year college!

What are the changes for 2024-25?

Where do I get more information about the FAFSA and/or help completing it?

You're in luck! Kentucky students and parents have all sorts of resources that are just a text, phone call or email away! Below, you will find contact information for multiple individuals who are able to provide you with more information about and help you with completing a FAFSA. KHEAA offers help statewide, GEAR UP programs offer assistance in 57 Kentucky high schools, and AmeriCorps Kentucky College Coaches provide help in 40 high schools.

KHEAA (Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority)

KHEAA Call Center and Outreach Text Line: (800) 928-8926
Calls answered: M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ET; Text responses: ASAP, 7 days/week

In addition to its call center/outreach text line, KHEAA has outreach counselors statewide who can assist you! To schedule an appointment, you may call, email or text the counselor designated for your county/region (listed below).

Map of KHEAA outreach regions
Map of KHEAA outreach regions
Region Contact Name Call or Text Email
Far Western (teal): Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, and Trigg counties  Robin Hiter (270) 498-8291
Northwestern (dark pink): Breckinridge, Daviess, Grayson, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster counties Brandi Forker (270) 316-4676
Southwestern (purple): Butler, Christian, Logan, Muhlenberg, Simpson, Todd and Warren counties Katie Bower (270) 392-8675
West Central (light blue): Anderson, Boyle, Hardin, Larue, Marion, Meade, Mercer, Nelson and Washington counties Brittany Foley (270) 403-9468
Southern (orange): Adair, Allen, Barren, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Green, Hart, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Wayne counties MacKenzie Massey (270) 991-4481
Louisville Metro West (dark red): Bullitt and Spencer counties; Jefferson county (west of I65) Steven Held (502) 352-5697
Louisville Metro East (yellow): Oldham and Shelby counties; Jefferson county (east of I65) Kelly Smith (502) 541-7745
Northern (blue): Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Henry, Kenton, Owen, Pendleton and Trimble counties Montanna McClain (502) 753-9354
Central (brown): Bourbon, Fayette, Franklin, Harrison, Jessamine, Scott and Woodford counties David Scott (502) 330-8002
South Central (pink): Casey, Clark, Estill, Garrard, Jackson, Laurel, Lee, Lincoln, Madison, Owsley, Powell, Pulaski and Rockcastle counties Joplin Rice (502) 229-1147
Southeastern (dark purple): Bell, Clay, Harlan, Knox, Leslie, Letcher, McCreary, Perry and Whitley counties

Temporary Counselor
Cassidy Smith

Emily Bowman

(606) 273-9644

Northeastern (dark green): Bath, Boyd, Bracken, Carter, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Nicholas, Robertson and Rowan counties Jessica Gray (606) 776-3030
Eastern (sky blue): Breathitt, Elliott, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Magoffin, Martin, Morgan, Pike and Wolfe counties Brandon Brown (606) 205-8810


GEAR UP Programs in Kentucky

Three entities in Kentucky have received federal GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grants to provide services in districts with high rates of poverty. The Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education holds the sole state grant (GEAR UP Kentucky) and Partners for Rural Impact (PRI) and West Kentucky Educational Cooperative (WKEC) hold partnership grants. The counties in which services are provided in one or more districts can be seen below. If you attend one of the high schools listed in one of the charts below, there is a GEAR UP advisor/coach who can help you complete the FAFSA (contact info provided). 

Map of GEAR UP regions in Kentucky
Map of GEAR UP regions in Kentucky

GEAR UP - WKEC (Light Blue Region)

High School Contact Name Email
Ballard Memorial LaDawn Hale
Caldwell County

Jill Howard

Todd Merrick

Carlisle County Rodney Holt
Crittenden County

Todd Merrick

Jill Howard

Fulton County Crystal Russell
Fulton Independent LaDawn Hale
Hickman County Crystal Russell
Mayfield LaDawn Hale
McLean County Jill Howard
Paducah Tilghman Rodney Holt


GEAR UP Kentucky - CPE (Orange Region) 

High School Contact Name Call or Text Email
Augusta Autumn Bishop (606) 782-0701
Bath County Sheila Armstrong (859) 497-1220
Bourbon County Kelseigh Stevens (859) 704-0766
Fleming County Cindy Jolly (606) 845-9331 cindy.jolly@
Frankfort  Mark Pressley (502) 536-8721
Holmes Vanessa Moore (859) 916-2306
Marion County Jarrod Fenwick (270) 692-8852
Mason County Amanda Miley (859) 340-2757
Mercer County Felicia Crowe (859) 325-5582
Paris Jessica Lester Mullis (859) 704-1314
Pendleton County Vacant
Robertson County Sarah Jones (606) 842-0535


GEAR UP - PRI (Yellow Region)

High School Contact Name Email
Barbourville Brandi Hicks

Leah Ray

Matthew Yates

Bell County

Micheline Carey

Jared Fultz

Stephanie Howard

Adam Jones

Berea Community Mary Pat Azbill
Betsy Layne

Mason Hall

Kristy Martin

Breathitt County

Melinda Hall

Kelly Honeycutt

Casey County Kim Johnson
Clay County Danielle Rominger
Clinton County Hannah Smith
Cordia  Jody Fugate
Cumberland County Michelle Dishman
East Bernstadt Ind. Reghan Hedrick
East Ridge

Brian Adkins

Tyler Ratliff

Justin Chaffins

Estill County

Kristen Kirkland

Kayla Tuttle

Floyd Central Robyn Brown
Garrard County

Sheri Hume

Amy Whitt

Harlan County

Emma Howard

Breann Turner

Blake Middleton

Harlan Independent

Heather Dickenson

Tessa Roark


Mitch Fields

Sarah Olinger

Jackson City

Sarah Trent

Knott County Central

Tenille Combs

Kristin Handshoe

Amy Hendrickson

Emiley Lewis

Knox Central

Jaidyn Lee

Lisa Noe

Lee County

Gram Durbin

Letcher County Central

Kimberely Johnson

Celestial Shuler

Billy Mullins

Lincoln County

Kayla Smith

Lynn Camp

Sheila Barnard

Jeffery Frederick

Madison Central

Vanessa Ballew

Kristi Carlisle

Daniel Parke

Madison Southern

Craig Jefferson

Katherine Stringfield

Magoffin County

Keisha Bailey

McCreary County

Tamra Wilson

Menifee County

Chase Baker


Shae Moyers

Allison Hamlin

North Laurel

Elaina McPhetridge

Kimberly Robinson

Owsley County

Chelsea Harris

Perry County Central

Lisa Fugate

Deborah Hall

Ashley Hudson

Kevin Smith

Alan Stacy


Amanda Williams

Pike Central

April Hall

Jessica Knausz

Jessica Hall

Pineville Independent

Jon North

Shawnta Zachery

Powell County

Rachel Howard

Jennifer Rose


Heather Samons

Kassidy Bowlin

Pulaski County

Kris Chilbert

Amy Flynn

Rockcastle County

Jerrica Brummett

Shelby Valley

Keaton Hackney

Jenna Riddle

Olivia Bentley

South Laurel

Bianca Hawkins

Caprecia Sizemore


Mary Edwards

Alyson Shepherd

Whitley County

Melissa Lay-Mason

Sarah Stack

Williamsburg City

Cristal Meadors

Amy Salmons

Sarah Beth Ingle

Wolfe County

Dakota Patton


Kentucky College Coaches (AmeriCorps)

Kentucky College Coaches is a statewide AmeriCorps program that places mentors in both secondary and postsecondary schools to support college access and student success. Contact information for the Kentucky College Coaches providing support in high schools is listed below. 

High School Contact Name Email or Phone #
Adair County Carleigh Phillips
Anderson County Brittany McKeehan
Belfry Margaret Ratliff
Boyd County

Caitlynn Johnson

Amy Rose

Breckinridge County Connor Vogt
Casey County Abigail Emerson
Christian County Taylor Greenfield
Danville Tryston Ford
Dayton Cheryl Scott
Edmonson County Paige Richmond

Emily Gibson

Savannah Drake

Fleming County Lynne Hildreth
Floyd County Ben Hicks
Frederick Douglass Elisa Merchant
Gallatin County Bob McDermott
Holmes John Askbrooke (859) 655-9545
Iroquois Jasmine Dunn
Knox Central Charis Roach
LaRue County Lori Davis
Lynn Camp Cassidy Smith
Marion County Ciera Broukal
Marshall County Harley Cofield
McCreary Central Elizabeth Slaven
Meade County Jeny Hayes
Nicholas County Shelby Tubbs (859) 289-3780
North Bullitt Alan Kissel
North Hardin Annette Neblett
Ohio County Sarah Clayton

Ryun Scheinbein

Kat Barnett

Powell County Ivy Smith
Schools Program
Stephen Collins (859) 441-4225
RISE Academy BreAuna Armstrong
Scott County  Lekenrick Boyers
Southern Kiara Harris
Union County  Janice Fenwick
Valley  Joanna Lewis
West Carter  Rachel Roar
Whitley County  Melissa Rowell