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Counselor Connection March 2018

KEES can be used for some apprenticeship programs this fall

• Students must pay for items related to the apprenticeship, then complete a request form and provide supporting documentation to KHEAA for reimbursement of approved expenses. • The maximum reimbursement amount per year may not exceed the student’s KEES annual award amount earned while in high school. • Similar to traditional KEES, eligibility will extend for up to four years of reimbursement. Eligibility will end within five years of high school graduation or when the student successfully completes the apprenticeship program.

Kentucky residents have a new option for using their Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) after high school graduation. Last April, Governor Matt Bevin signed into law a bill expanding the use of KEES to include expenses for registered apprenticeship programs.

For more information about the KEES program, visit Questions may be directed to 800-928-8926, ext. 67401, or

Beginning in fall 2018, KEES-eligible students can request reimbursement of approved expenses toward registered apprenticeship programs. This may include costs such as tuition, books, required tools, uniforms, safety equipment, licensures and travel allowances. Students must participate in a program approved by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet and must meet certain requirements related to instruction and work experience.

Scholarship Spotlight Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association Scholarship

Specific details about the new KEES option, including forms and instructions for students, will be available on in late spring. In the meantime, below are some key points to assist in counseling students.

Eligibility: Based on GPA, writing ability and leadership potential. Preference given to a student with a tobacco farming background.

• There is no change in the way KEES is earned before high school graduation. • KHEAA will verify student participation through the Kentucky Labor Cabinet. • Registered apprentices will be contacted by KHEAA to see how they want to use their KEES. Apprentices may receive reimbursement for approved expenses or have their KEES sent directly to their postsecondary institution.

Award: $2,000 Number: 10 Deadline: April 1 Contact: Scholarship Committee, Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association, 620 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508, 859.252.3561,, -2-

March 2018 ky cc  
March 2018 ky cc