Governor talks about student financial aid, recovery month and unemployment extension OK’ed


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Students in Kentucky should do whatever they can to take advantage of student financial aid, Governor Andy Beshear advised Tuesday.

During his daily briefing, when not speaking about the coronavirus or the situation in Louisville, Beshear also touched on National Addiction Recovery Month and the state’s approval for an additional three weeks of assistance- Federal unemployment an additional $ 400 per week for those who qualify.

“We want Kentucky students to prepare for their future now, whether it’s college education or advanced, so when we come out of this pandemic they’ll be ready to take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead,” he said. said Beshear. “And we want every student in Kentucky to have access to available federal and state assistance to the extent possible.”

The governor also encouraged, “If you are in school and having financial difficulties, contact your school’s financial aid office. They can help you reassess your financial needs, which could lead to increased assistance.

Students can contact the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) at or 800-928-8926 for questions about student financial aid and how to complete the Free Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA).

The FAFSA for the 2021-22 school year will be available here October 1, 2020.

KHEAA administers state scholarship and grant programs. In fiscal 2020, with proceeds from the Kentucky Lottery, more than $ 272 million in state scholarships and grants were awarded to Kentucky students.

Students can also turn to KHEAA’s sister agency, the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation (KHESLC), Kentucky’s only source for competitive, fixed-interest government loans for private education. .

Loans administered by KHESLC help Kentucky students pay for their graduate studies when an unmet need still exists after all scholarships and grants have been exhausted.

KHESLC has also helped thousands of borrowers facing financial hardship during COVID-19 by offering forbearances, which allow loans to be suspended for specific terms.

For more information on KHESLC and the resources available to help student borrowers, visit

Beshear also recognized National Recovery Month, which takes place each September to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the country who are recovering in all its possible forms.

“You meet people who work hard to help others recover, many of whom have gone through this on their own, dedicating their lives to helping other people,” Beshear said. “You see a little of the grace of God right there. “

The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy reports that approximately 22 million people in the United States are in recovery to date.

The Kentucky Chamber launched the Opioid Response Program for Businesses, launched in June 2019, in response to Kentucky employers struggling to resolve the issue of labor force participation and overdose deaths.

A special story: Rob Perez owns DV8 Kitchen in Lexington where all of his employees are recovering, Beshear said. He shared that his company has had huge successes, including a turnover rate that is one-third above the national average and longer tenure of employees. And, DV8 was named the 40th best restaurant in America.

And on Tuesday, Beshear announced that Kentucky had been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for an additional three weeks of LWA payments. Eligible Kentuckians will receive $ 400 for the weeks of August 22, August 29, and September 5 for each week an applicant meets the criteria.

Eligibility criteria:

  • People who are entitled to a weekly allowance of at least $ 100 per week in unemployment benefits for each week covered by FEMA LWA
  • People who have self-certified that their jobs have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

Payments will be automatically processed for applicants who meet the criteria for weekly benefits and have already provided self-certification. Weekly allowance applicants who have not yet self-certified will have the opportunity to provide the required self-certification, and those applicants will receive the allowance as long as FEMA funding remains in place.