The Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) is available to graduates of an eligible Kentucky high school that are residents of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The scholarship is made available to eligible students by Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).
Students can view their awards via the KHEAA website at https://www.kheaa.com/apps/registration/signin.
As a new high school graduate, you do not need to request your KEES award. All your high school information has been reported for you by your high school guidance counselor. Once you have been admitted and enrolled, KCTCS will report your enrollment to KHEAA. In the event that you do not have a KEES award by the first financial aid disbursement in your first semester, please submit a KEES Inquiry Form. To view your KCTCS account, please login to students.kctcs.edu.
To maintain your KEES award, you must meet certain eligibility criteria. Students that received a KEES award for the first time in Fall 2009 or later will be evaluated using the 'On Track' criteria. Please read carefully to determine your criteria.
Students who graduated high school and received their first KEES award BEFORE May 2009:
You will not be evaluated with the new 'on track' status. To renew your KEES award:
Students who graduated high school or who received their first KEES award AFTER May 2009:
In additon to being a degree seeking student and resident of Kentucky, new KEES regulations require you to be 'on track' to graduate. Your 'on track' status will be sent to KHEAA along with your cumulative GPA at the end of each spring term.
KCTCS On Track to Graduate Reporting
Students with a GPA of 2.50-2.99 must meet the following requirements to be considered on track to graduate and to receive FULL KEES award.
Please note only credits earned in the Fall and Spring will count towards your on track status. Credits earned during a summer semester will be counted towards your next academic year when GPA and enrollment is reported to KHEAA.
Students with GPA 2.50-2.99 and do not meet the above requirements will be reduced to 50% of the full award.
Students with GPA below 2.50 will lose the KEES award for the next academic year.
Reinstating your KEES Award
If you have previously lost your KEES award due to a low GPA and you attended BCTC during your KEES suspension, BCTC may have to manually report your renewal GPA. To request that BCTC manually report your GPA please complete the KEES Inquiry Form.
Award estimates are based on full time enrollment. Your actual KEES award will be based on your enrollment status after the last day to add a class each fall and spring semester.
KEES Percentage for less than full-time
If you are enrolled for 6 to 11 credit hours, your award will be calculated by the following percentage:
If you are enrolled for only 1 to 5 credit hours, you are not eligible for a KEES award . Keep in mind that the award expires if you do not use it within five years of your high school graduation.
Students that graduate from a home school may be eligible for a KEES ACT Supplemental Bonus. To be eligible for a KEES ACT award, a home school graduate must:
Home School students must be manually reported to KHEAA to receive an ACT Supplemental Bonus. To begin this process, please complete the KEES Inquiry Form.
Students that obtain a GED may be eligible for a KEES ACT Supplemental Bonus. To be eligible for a KEES ACT award, a GED graduate must:
GED students must be manually reported to KHEAA to receive an ACT Supplemental Bonus. To begin this process, please complete the KEES Inquiry Form.