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Shelby helping students Close the Deal for college

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By Todd Martin

Through Greater Louisville Inc.’s Close the Deal program, Shelby County High School had local volunteers helping students with college entrance forms and financial aid forms.

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The school saw 47 students show up on Wednesday, and  another 41 were scheduled for Thursday.

“We’re hoping to get about 100 kids to come in and fill out the FAFSA [Free Application for Federal Student Aid] forms,” SCHS Senior Counselor Cathleen Johnson said. “This is the first year we’ve done this, and hopefully we can get a lot of kids help filling out these forms that they may not have filled out otherwise.”

Johnson said several parents have also attended the workshop with their children.

Through the program, Johnson has also been able to set up college visits at the University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University and Berea College. She said the group also is planning visits to Western Kentucky University, Jefferson Community College and Northern Kentucky University.

“Those are a big help because we try to get the admissions department away from the ‘look at our buildings’ tour and instead get them to let the kids ask questions about admissions and financial aid.”

The program started at Louisville’s Valley High School in 2009 and helped increase that school’s college-accepted students from 20 to more than 100.