For Families and Mentors

If you’re a parent, grandparent, guardian, teacher, or other caring adult, chances are there is a young person in your life who wants to go to college.

If you are a young person, chances are there is a parent, grandparent, or other caring adult in your life who wants to go to college or return to complete their education.

Education past high school can be as much or as little as a person wants. Trade school, two-year and four-year degrees are all options. Education past high school increases job opportunities, earning power and the ability to enjoy a better life.

  • An associate's degree can mean 19 percent more income than just a high school diploma.
  • A bachelor's degree can mean 62 percent more income than just a high school diploma.
  • A master's degree can mean 92 percent more income than just a high school diploma.

One of the most important things you can do is to encourage and support those who want to create a better quality of life through education.

Encouraging Youth

  Use “The College Circuit” to help the young person in your life discover options for
  going to college, the rules of the road for getting in, how to maneuver their
  future and   steer their finances in the right direction.

  Printed copies of “The College Circuit” are free. To request one,

  Visit the Kentucky Higher Assistance Authority website
  write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602;
  or call (800) 928-8926, ext. 6-7372.

 Staying the Course

The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) has created this guide to help young students make it through their first year of college.

You can use it to encourage the young person in your life. From purchasing textbooks to managing time and money, the guide offers advice to help students stay on track and make their first year successful. Printed copies of “Surviving College” are free. To request one, e-mail

 Encouraging Adults Returning to School

Adults Returning to School was developed by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to meet the needs of adult students thinking about going back to school. It focuses on financial aid and educational opportunities in Kentucky and is kept up to date with the help of financial aid and admissions officers, financial aid program administrators, state officials and testing service representatives.

A college education can help you become a more informed citizen, critical thinker or well-rounded person. Many adults, however, return to school because they want to change their lives, because an event has already changed their lives or because they need new skills to get the job they want.

Use this guide to encourage your parents or grandparents to return to school!

Encouraging Older Adults

Although generally better educated than previous generations, this older population has a wide span of educational needs and desires—from earning a GED to gaining a postgraduate certificate.

Large numbers of older adults, including minority elders, recent immigrants, displaced workers, and those who live in rural areas, are underrepresented on college and university campuses. Many of these adults do not see postsecondary education as an option or a benefit.

Education beyond high school gives many benefits, including meeting new people, taking part in new opportunities to explore interests, and experiencing success. Understanding the challenges that face older adults in higher education can help you provide encouragement to those in your family and community who want to improve their lives.