State Financial Aid for Undergraduates


The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority administers the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES), a merit aid program.

The program provides financial support for state residents based on their academic performance throughout high school. The value of the award increases for each year of high school in which a student maintains a 2.5 or higher GPA in the Pre-College Curriculum.

Students may earn a Bonus Award based on their ACT or SAT composite scores.

Students who were eligible for free or reduced-priced meals at any time during high school may earn Supplement Awards based on their performance on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Cambridge Advanced International exams. 

First-time recipients  receive a scholarship equivalent to the base, bonus, and supplement award amounts

Students may renew their full scholarship award if they maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students can receive half of the award amount if they fall below the 3.0 GPA threshold but maintain at least a 2.5 GPA. Students may regain the scholarship if they meet renewal criteria by the end of the spring semester.