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  • The KEES Scholarship is for Kentucky high school graduates, and is administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). The amount of KEES the student is eligible for is determined while they are in high school. You can view this information by signing in at kheaa.com  
  • KEES is awarded for the full academic year; cannot lose/gain eligibility after Fall semester
  • Can only be utilized during the Fall/Spring semesters
  • KEES is paid for a maximum of 8 semesters; expires 5 years after high school graduation
  • Some study abroad programs are eligible
  • Homeschool/GED graduates may be eligible for KEES based on their ACT score


  • Graduate of a Kentucky High School and admitted as Kentucky resident
  • KEES eligibility is determined by overall GPA and hours at the end of each Spring semester
  • GPA of 3.0 or above is automatic KEES renewal
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA and be considered "on-track" to graduate for full KEES renewal (you will meet the on track requirement if you earn at least 12 hours per semester starting the semester after high school graduation)
  • If you meet the GPA requirement, but not the "on-track" requirement, you may be eligible to receive 50% of KEES award if you were enrolled full-time
  • Part-time students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to retain KEES eligibility
  • KEES awards are based on full-time enrollment. Estimates on accounts are subject to change after the 100% drop/add period if you are not enrolled full-time. The proration would occur as follows:
    • 12 hours—100% of award
    • 11 hours—92% of award
    • 10 hours—83% of award
    • 9 hours—75% of award
    • 8 hours—67% of award
    • 7 hours—58% of award
    • 6 hours—50% of award
    • Less than 6 hours—none
  • A prorated KEES disbursement still counts as one full semester of eligibility used
  • Students who are full-time because of On Demand courses must fill out the On Demand Financial Aid Agreement located in TopNet in order to receive their full KEES award
  • KEES can only be paid at one school per semester. So, students need to complete a Consortium Agreement located in TopNet in order to receive full KEES for hours at more than one institution

Please email autumn.coleman@wku.edu in regards to questions about KEES.

For FAQs about KEES, please click here.

The Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS) helps Kentuckians who have not yet earned an associate's degree afford an industry-recognized certificate or credential.

Student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a Kentucky resident
  • Be a high school or GED graduate
  • Have not earned an associate's or higher degree
  • Be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, at an eligible postsecondary institution in an approved program of study that leads to an industry recognized certificate, credential, or diploma in a high-demand workforce sector.
    • Qualifying areas for the 2017-2018 year are health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation/logistics, business services/IT, and construction
  • Not be enrolled concurrently in a degree-seeking program at the same or any other institution
  • Not be in default on any obligation to KHEAA


Complete FAFSA

Complete Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship application at MyKHEAA. For more information, visit KHEAA's website. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis by WRKS application date.


Amount equals tuition amount minus federal and state grants and scholarships, up to the maximum amount.

Maximum amount shall not exceed the in-state tuition and fees rate for full-time enrollment at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Estimated near $3,900 for the 2017-2018 year.


Expires when the first of the following conditions is met: 

  • Receipt of scholarship funding for the equivalent of four academic terms;
  • Receipt of the scholarship for 32 credit hours of enrollment; or
  • Receipt of a first associate's degree

Recipients must earn a grade point average of 2.0 or higher each semester the scholarship is received in order to be eligible the following semester.

For more information, visit KHEAA's website.

Teacher Scholarship Program

The Teacher Scholarship Program provides financial aid to Kentucky students pursuing initial teacher certification at participating Kentucky colleges.

Student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be a Kentucky resident.
  • 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.
  • Meet school’s satisfactory academic progress requirements.
  • Teach one semester in Kentucky for each semester the scholarship is received.
  • Repay the scholarship plus interest if does not complete program or service requirement.


Up to $2,500 per semester.

Service Commitment

Complete education program.

Provide qualified teaching service at a school certified by the Kentucky Department of Education.


Complete FAFSA

Teacher Scholarship application

Sign in to your MyKHEAA account to apply.

The 2017-18 Teacher Scholarship application is now closed. The application for the 2018-19 award year will be available from January 1 to May 1, 2018.

For more information, visit KHEAA's website.


The scholarship provides financial aid to Kentucky students pursuing one of the following:

  • Child Development Associate Credential
  • Associate’s degree in early childhood education
  • Bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary early childhood education or a related program approved by the Early Childhood Development Authority
  • Kentucky Early Childhood Development Director’s Certificate

Student must:

  • Be a Kentucky resident.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident.
  • Be enrolled no more than 9 credit hours per term in the scholarship program curriculum at a participating school pursuing one of the approved credentials.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Be employed at least 20 hours weekly in a participating early childhood facility or be employed as a preschool associate teacher in a state‐funded pre‐school program.
  • Not be eligible for state or federal training funds through Head Start, a public preschool program, or First Steps.
  • Have no unpaid financial obligation to KHEAA or to any other Title IV program.
  • Agree to a service commitment based on the credential pursued.


Up to $1,800 per award year, not to exceed tuition charged by the school.


Complete FAFSA

Complete application on MYKHEAA account.


Fall Semester: April 16-July 15

Spring Semester: July 16-November 15

Summer Semester: November 16-April 15

For more information, visit KHEAA's website.

The Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship (KCCCCS) provides financial assistance for residents of Kentucky's coal‐producing counties to complete their first bachelor's degree.

Students must:

  • Be U.S. citizen
  • Be permanent residents of a Kentucky coal‐producing county.
  • Have earned at least sixty (60) credit hours toward completion of their first 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.

The 2017-2018 award amounts are:

  • Up to $7,770 per year at nonprofit, independent institution located in a coal-producing county;
  • Up to $2,630 per year at public university extension campus located in a coal‐producing county;
  • Up to $3,880 per year at public or nonprofit, independent institution whose main campus is in Kentucky, but not in a coal‐producing county.*

*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.


Complete FAFSA

Sign in to MYKHEAA to apply. The 2017-18 Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship application is now closed. The application for the 2018-19 award year will be available from January 1 to May 1, 2018.

Funds are awarded first-come, first-served based on initial FAFSA completion date. Therefore, students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, 2017, and the 2018-19 KCCCCS application as soon as possible after January 1, 2018.

For more information, visit KHEAA's website.

Student Financial Assistance
317 Potter Hall
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11018
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1018

Phone: 270-745-2755

Fax: 270-745-6586

Email: fa.help@wku.edu

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 Last Modified 3/16/18