The State of Kentucky offers both merit-based and need-based financial assistance to eligible Kentucky residents attending college within the state. To determine a student’s eligibility for Kentucky’s need-based awards, the student must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students can apply at www.fafsa.gov. Students can file their FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1.

Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES)

  • Merit-based award.
  • Students earn scholarship money during high school for high grades and test scores.
  • Students can receive scholarship money for four years in college as long as they maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and remain on track to graduate.
  • No application is necessary to receive your KEES money. The award will be administered by your high school, Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, and your university.

Kentucky College Access Program (CAP) Grant*

  • Need-based award.
  • Students must file a FAFSA—www.fafsa.gov—to be considered for a CAP Grant. Students should file a FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1.
  • Amounts awarded up to $1,900.
  • Students must be Pell-eligible to receive a CAP Grant.

Kentucky Tuition Grant (KTG)*

  • Need-based award.
  • Students must file a FAFSA—www.fafsa.gov—to be considered for the KTG. Students should file a FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1.
  • The KTG is available to Kentucky residents attending a private college or university in Kentucky.
  • Amounts awarded up to $3,000.

*2018-2019 amounts

To learn more about these awards, contact the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA):

Website www.kheaa.com
Phone 1.800.928.8926
E-mail studentaid@kheaa.com