State Aid

Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship

"The 1998 General Assembly provided Kentucky high school students a great opportunity to make their education pay with the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES)! KEES is administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Students who try to get the most from high school by studying hard and making good grades (2.5 GPA or higher) can earn scholarships for college or technical school. The better students do in high school, the more they will earn toward college scholarships. And students who complete their college studies have a better opportunity to achieve their career goals and improve their standard of living. Education really does pay!" (KHEAA)

More information is available on KHEAA's KEES webpage.

  • If you have been awarded KEES, your scholarship amount is adjusted to the number of hours you are enrolled if you attend less than full-time (12 credit hours).

Your cumulative GPA is reported to the state agency KHEAA at the end of each spring term to determine eligibility for the subsequent fall and spring. Cumlative GPA is calculated using only coursework that is completed at U of L. University policy states that only transfer credit hours from previous institutions attended are accepted, not GPA.

***IMPORTANT KEES POLICY CHANGE***

College Access Program (CAP) Grant

"The College Access Program (CAP) helps Kentucky’s financially needy undergraduate students attend eligible public and private colleges and universities, proprietary schools, and technical colleges. CAP Grants are awarded to Kentucky residents enrolled for at least six semester hours (half time) in academic programs that take at least two years to complete. To qualify for a CAP Grant, the total expected family contribution (EFC) toward the student’s educational expenses cannot exceed $4,995." (KHEAA)

More information is available on KHEAA's CAP Grant webpage.

  • If you have been awarded the CAP Grant, your grant amount is adjusted to the number of hours you are enrolled if you attend less than full-time (12 credit hours).

Vocational Rehabilitation

If you have a disability, you may be eligible for state aid toward the cost of your education. “The Kentucky Department of Vocational Rehabilitation assists Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence.” You may review information online at Vocational Rehabilitation. If you are receiving Vocational Rehab benefits you need to submit this information to our office at Report Other Aid Resources.

KHEAA Teacher Scholarship

The Teacher Scholarship Program provides financial aid to Kentucky students pursuing initial teacher certification at participating Kentucky colleges. Recipients must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a resident of a Kentucky
  • Be admitted into a teacher education program at a participating school
  • Be enrolled full-time unless enrolled for the final term of a teacher certification program and less than full-time enrollment is required to complete the program.
  • Demonstrate Financial Need
  • Maintain SAP

For more information, including additional eligibility requirements, please visit KHEAAs website.

Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship

The Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship provides financial assistance for residents of Kentucky's coal‐producing counties to complete a first bachelor's degree. KCCCCS funds may be awarded at an institution that is not located in a coal‐producing county only if an eligible student is pursuing an approved bachelor's degree program in a field of study that is not offered at any institution located in a coal‐producing county. Recipients must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a permanent resident of a Kentucky coal‐producing county.
  • Have earned at least sixty (60) credit hours toward a bachelor's degree.
  • Be enrolled at least half‐time in a bachelor's degree program.
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Have no past due financial obligations to KHEAA.

For more information, including additional eligibility requirements, please visit KHEAAs website.

Early Childhood Development Scholarship

The Early Childhood Development Scholarship provides a seamless system to upgrade the professional development of child-care workers and trainers. The state legislature and the Governor created the Early Childhood Development Scholarship as part of the KIDS NOW early childhood initiative. The scholarship provides financial assistance, to the extent of available funds, in the form of non-repayable tuition scholarships for Kentucky students who are pursuing one of the following:

  • Child Development Associate Credential
  • Associate degree in early childhood education
  • Bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary early childhood education or a related program that is approved by the Early Childhood Development Authority
  • Kentucky Early Childhood Development Director's Certificate
  • The scholarship amount is the tuition actually charged by the institution, not to exceed $1,800 per award year. Funds are either credited to the student's account or, if the student has paid the tuition, disbursed to the student at the beginning of each school term by the institution.

For more information, including eligibility requirements and application procedures, please visit KHEAA's website.

Go Higher Grant

The Go Higher Grant gives adults age 24 or older up to $1,000 for one academic year when they enroll in a participating Kentucky college or university less than half-time, which is usually one or two courses. The award covers tuition and a book allowance of $50 per credit hour. Recipients must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Kentucky resident
  • Be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent reisdent
  • Be age 24 or older
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have not already obtained a college degree

For more information, including additional eligibility requirements, please visit KHEAA's website.

    Mary Jo Young Scholarship

    The Mary Jo Young Scholarship is named for former KHEAA Board of Directors member Mary Jo Young in recognition of her outstanding history of public service in her local community and for the Commonwealth of Kentucky to improve educational opportunities for Kentuckians. It is for high school students in grades 9 through 12 enrolled in dual credit classes at any college or university or students taking Advanced Placement courses through the Kentucky Virtual High School. Students can receive tuition and book reimbursement for up to two courses each semester. Awards are made with priority to low–income students. Recipients must meet the following requirements:

    • Be enrolled in dual credit courses at a Kentucky college.
    • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
    • Be a legal resident of Kentucky.
    • Be a high school junior or senior during the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Application deadline for the 2014-2015 was May 15, 2014.

    For more information please contact Danny Prather, with KHEAA, at 1-800-928-8926 ext 7399.