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KEES Scholarships

If you are eligible for the KEES Scholarship award, you will be notified by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

  1. Your high school grades and your highest ACT score determines the amount of the KEES award.
  2. Once you have graduated from high school your KEES money cannot be increased.
  3. EKU will request funds for all students who may be eligible, as determined by their high school graduation date.
  4. EKU reports to KHEAA the hours these students are enrolled approximately two weeks after classes begin in the fall and spring semesters.
  5. Once KHEAA receives the above information, KHEAA notifies EKU of eligible students and the actual award amounts.
  6. KEES money is typically placed in your student account one month after the first day of class:
    • If you have a zero account balance, a refund check will be credited to either your Higher One Card or direct deposited into our bank account per your selection with Higher One.
    • If you have an outstanding balance, the KEES money will be applied to what you still owe. If the amount you owe exceeds the KEES award, it is your responsibility to pay the difference.
  7. The KEES Scholarship is awarded for the fall and spring semesters, one academic year at a time.
  8. If you have questions regarding your KEES award you can review your status online at or call the KHEAA office at (800) 928-8926.

KEES Scholarship Renewal Requirements

1. End of student's first year

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher = full renewal for the following year
  • Cumulative GPA of less than 2.50 = loss of award for the next year

2. End of student’s second year

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher = full renewal for the following year
  • Cumulative GPA between 2.50 and 2.99 and **"on track to graduate" = full renewal for the following year
  • Cumulative GPA between 2.50 and 2.99 and NOT "on track to graduate" BUT full-time during previous year = 50% reduction in award amount for the following year
  • Cumulative GPA less than 3.0 and NOT "on track to graduate" AND less than full-time during previous year = loss of award for the next year

**"On track to graduate" is defined as earning a minimum of 12 credit hours per fall and spring term.  For example, a student must earn a minimum of 48 credit hours at the end of the student's second year to be considered "on track".

For questions regarding disbursement dates please contact the Scholarship Office at 859-622-8032.

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