The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, or KHEAA, offers a need-based State Grant which may be in the form of a College Access Program (CAP) Grant, a Kentucky Tuition Grant (KTG) or a combination of both. CAP Grants are available for private colleges. The general eligibility requirements for a State Grant are the same as those for the federal programs, with the additional requirements that the recipient must be a legal resident of the State of Kentucky prior to the year that he or she applies for aid and must not be seeking a degree in religion or theology. A student’s State Grant is available at the first college the student lists on the FAFSA. If a student wishes to transfer the grant to another institution, he or she must notify KHEAA in writing before August 1 for the fall semester and before December 1 for the spring semester.
Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES)
The 1998 General Assembly provided Kentucky high school students and GED recipients a great opportunity to make their education pay with the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES). KEES, administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA), is funded by Kentucky Lottery proceeds. 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. GED recipients may earn awards based on their ACT scores.
You do not have to apply for a KEES award. It is sent automatically to the college you’re attending after the school lets KHEAA know that you are attending classes.
College Access Program (CAP)
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.
The maximum award for the 2012-13 academic year is $1,900 ($950 each semester). Eligible part-time college students will receive an amount calculated on $79 per credit hour. Part-time amounts for CAP recipients attending quarter-hour institutions are calculated according to a schedule provided to the institutions. This grant has an aggregate limit of 250% of an annual award for an associate’s degree and 450% of an annual award for a bachelor’s degree. This means that full-time students at a semester school will use all their eligibility for an associate’s degree in 2-1/2 years.
Kentucky Tuition Grant (KTG)
The Kentucky Tuition Grant (KTG) Program provides need-based grants to qualified Kentucky residents to attend the Commonwealth’s independent colleges. Eligible institutions must be accredited by a regional accrediting association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and not be comprised solely of religious instruction.
The program is designed to assist students with the higher tuition charges at the independent colleges. Students must be full-time undergraduates enrolled in an associate or baccalaureate degree program and have no past-due financial obligations to KHEAA or to any Title IV program. Credit hours attempted by correspondence or Internet courses are not acceptable for grant enrollment purposes, except for courses taken through the Kentucky Virtual Campus. The KTG Grant for 2012-13 is $3,000. This grant has an aggregate limit of 250% of an annual award for an associate’s degree and 450% of an annual award for a bachelor’s degree. This means that full-time students at a semester school will use all their eligibility for an associate’s degree in 2-1/2 years.