State Aid Programs

The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, http://www.kheaa.com or KHEAA, administers the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES), College Access Program (CAP) and the Kentucky Tuition Grant (KTG), as well as other programs.

The general eligibility requirements for state grants are the same as those for the federal programs. You must be a legal resident of Kentucky prior to the year you apply for aid. Kentucky state grants are time sensitive and deplete early in the year. It is imperative that you file your FAFSA as soon after October 1 of the previous award year to be considered for these grants before funds expire.


Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship

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 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 you do in high school, the more you will earn toward college scholarships. 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 you are attending classes.


College Access Program

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 your educational expenses cannot exceed the maximum Pell grant limit for that particular award year.

The maximum award for the 2019-2020 academic year is $2,000 ($1,000 each semester). Eligible part-time college students will receive an amount calculated on $83 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 200 percent of an annual award for an associate degree and 400 percent 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 degree in 2 years.


Kentucky Tuition Grant

The Kentucky Tuition Grant (KTG) 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. You must be a full-time undergraduate enrolled in an associate or baccalaureate degree program and have no past-due financial obligations to KHEAA or to any Title IV program to qualify for the 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 2019-2020 is $3,000. This grant has an aggregate limit of 200 percent of an annual award for an associate degree and 400 percent 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 degree in 2 years.