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Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority P.O. Box 798 Frankfort, KY 40602-0798 Tel: 800.928.8926


M arch 2018

Getting In

Kentucky rising junior may win scholarship, photo shoot

Guide to Higher Education

A rising junior at one of Kentucky’s public or private high schools will win a $500 scholarship and a photo shoot at his or her school through the “Promote Your School” scholarship contest, sponsored by KHEAA. Provided by: Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority

The school must participate in the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) program.

Photos from the winning school will be used in KHEAA publications and on KHEAA websites.

To enter, the student must submit an essay about one of these subjects:

To enter, mail essay to KHEAA Publications, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602. Students may also email their essay to or fax it to (502) 696-7574. The winner will be chosen by a committee of KHEAA employees.

• How I will inspire others to do better. • How education makes a stronger community. The essay must be no more than 200 words long and cannot mention the student’s name, school, county or community. The essay topic must be shown at the top of the page. The student’s name, address and high school must be listed at the bottom of the essay. The student must be a junior during the 2018-2019 school year. For more information, visit

KHEAA publishes the Counselor Connection to share information about student financial aid, college preparation and college planning. Comments and suggestions are always welcome. Please send them to

The deadline for submissions is May 31. Students from high schools that have been featured in the past five years — Logan County, Daviess County, Lexington STEAM Academy, Somerset Christian and J. Graham Brown — are not eligible to enter this year’s contest.

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-

Counselor Connection March 2018

Co-op courses to count more toward KEES requirements

Students can earn money, get experience with work-study One way students can help pay the cost of education after high school is through a work-study program. Plus, workstudy can provide valuable experience that looks good on a résumé.

High school students enrolled in career and technical education programs are getting a boost in how cooperative education coursework counts toward the KEES curriculum requirement.

Effective with the 2018–2019 school year, each cooperative education course approved by the Office of Career and Technical Education (CTE) will count toward the annual KEES curriculum requirement. Before this change, cooperative education coursework could be counted only as one of five courses toward the KEES curriculum, regardless of the number of co-op courses or credits a student completed.

The Federal Work-Study Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a chance to earn money to help pay college costs. Rules may vary by school, but generally to qualify, a student must:

The below chart provides examples with a comparison to illustrate the change.


*NEW* Effective 2018–2019

Student enrolled in 3 credits of CTEapproved co-op coursework

Counts as 1 Counts as course for KEES 3 courses curriculum for KEES curriculum

Student enrolled in 3 credits of non-CTE co-op coursework

Counts as 1 Counts as 1 course for KEES course for KEES curriculum curriculum

• • • •

Be enrolled in an eligible program. Be working toward a degree or certificate. Have financial need. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.

Students must be paid at least the federal minimum wage. Jobs may be on or off campus. Students who submitted the FAFSA will be considered for Federal Work-Study unless they asked not to be. Many colleges also have their own work-study programs. Students interested in a school’s program should check with the college’s financial aid office.

KHEAA encourages school counselors to think of these changes as they help students schedule classes for next year For more information about the KEES program, visit Questions may be directed to 800-928-8926, ext. 67401, or -3-

Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program Construction Transportation/Logistics Health Care Business Services/IT Advanced Manufacturing The Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship helps students who have not yet earned an associate’s degree afford an industryrecognized certificate or diploma.

Eligibility •

Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at an eligible postsecondary institution in an approved program of study that leads to an industry recognized certificate or diploma in a high-demand workforce sector.

Be a Kentucky resident.

Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Be a high school or GED graduate.

Have not earned an associate’s or higher degree.

Not be in default on any obligation to KHEAA.

Award amount •

Tuition minus federal and state aid, up to the maximum.

Limited to 32 hours enrollment or receipt of associate’s degree, whichever comes first.

How to apply •

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found at

Submit a Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship application at Sign in or create a MyKHEAA account, then follow the “Apply Online for Scholarships” link.

The deadline for 2017–2018 application is April 15, 2018.

Applications for the 2018–2019 year will become available May 1, 2018.

For more information, including a complete list of approved programs, visit

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