Kentucky Educational Television will present “College Financial Aid Call-In 2016,” a live, one-hour special edition of “Education Matters” to offer help in navigating the college financial aid process. The program will air at 9 p.m. ET Jan. 11 on KET and will stream live online at

The program will be hosted by Bill Goodman and will feature a panel of financial aid representatives from public and private Kentucky colleges and universities. They will provide information on the availability of scholarships, grants and other financial aid and offer tips on applying for student loans.

Scheduled panelists include:

  • Michael Birchett, director of financial aid, Bluegrass Community and Technical College
  • Bob Fultz, director of financial aid, Georgetown College
  • Becky Gilpatrick, director of student aid services, Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority
  • Sandy Neel, executive director of financial aid, University of Louisville

Issues discussed by the panel will include common application mistakes, documents necessary to apply for financial aid, types of aid, deadlines and financial aid packages. Viewers also can submit questions to @EducationKET on Twitter and to KET’s Facebook page prior to the program for possible inclusion.

Additionally, during a taped segment for the show, co-host Renee Shaw will speak with four members of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence’s Student Voice Team about their navigation of the college search and financial aid application process. The students included are:

  • Amanda Wahlstedt, a senior at Knox Central High School (Knox County)
  • Tsage Douglas and Keith Guy, both seniors at Scott County High School
  • Lydia Burns, a senior at West Jessamine High School (Jessamine County)