Kentucky Scholarships and Grants

Kentucky scholarships and grants can make going to school in Kentucky more affordable. If you’re currently a resident of Kentucky and want to stay in your home state for school, there are some particularly helpful grants and scholarships available. If you’re wondering where to find out about Kentucky financial aid, you’ve certainly come to the right place. Here are several options you can take advantage of:

  • College Access Program

This grant program is for financially needy undergraduates who want to attend private, public, and technical schools in Kentucky. Students must be enrolled in school at least half time to take advantage of these grants. In order to apply for a grant, a student must first fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at Once that is filed, students will be able to see their Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which cannot exceed $5,273 if students are to apply for this grant.

To apply for a CAP grant, you should simply fill out your FAFSA as soon as possible. They are given on a first-come, first-served basis until funding runs out, so the earlier you file the FAFSA, the better. The grants for full time students are about $1,900 a year and for part time students are about $79 per credit hour. Students can get up to 450% of the annual award for a bachelor’s degree and up to 250% of the award for an associate’s degree. In a semester-based system, this gives the student one “extra” semester in which they can apply for the grant before they are cut off from funding.

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  • Kentucky Tuition Grant

The Kentucky Tuition Grant is another need-based grant for Kentucky residents. In order to use this grant, however, students must attend an independent college in Kentucky. The institution must be accredited and must not teach solely religious subjects. This program helps students alleviate some of the extra cost of going to a private college. In order to apply, students must be full-time students in an associate or baccalaureate program. Full time is normally considered to be twelve credit hours, but correspondence and online courses do not count toward this minimum requirement.

To apply for a Kentucky Tuition Grant, a student must simply file the FAFSA. Grants range in size from $200 to $2,964. The size of grant that a student will receive depends on financial need as shown on the FAFSA. Students can get up to 450% of the annual limit for a four-year degree and up to 250% of the limit for a two-year degree. More information about this grant can also be found at

  • Go Higher Grant

This is actually an need-based program just for working adults. To be eligible, students must reside in Kentucky, be US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents, and be twenty-four or older. Students must also demonstrate financial need by filing the FAFSA. This grant offers adults up to $1,000 for an academic year when they’ll enroll less than half-time in certain Kentucky colleges and universities.

Since students only enroll in one or two classes to stay under the half-time limit, the award normally covers tuition as well as a book allowance of $50 per credit hour. This grant is a great way to start getting an education while you’re working, as many Kentucky colleges have flexible schedules that allow you to go to school part time while you support yourself or your family.

  • Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship

This scholarship is merit-based and gives students a chance to earn money for college through their hard work in high school. In order to be eligible, students must be Kentucky residents, get a 2.5 GPA or higher while meeting the KEES curriculum requirements for that year of high school, and attend and graduate from a certified Kentucky high school. Students can also get an ACT bonus award by getting a score of at least 15 on the ACT or of at least 710 on the SAT. The highest score achieved by high school graduation is the one that will be used.

Students can also receive a supplemental need-based award. For this award, called the KEES AP/IB award, students must have been eligible for free or reduced-price lunches during any year of high school and must of earned a qualifying score on an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test during their senior year.

Students who are homeschooled or who take the GED can also gain this award. Homeschooled students are judged based on their ACT or SAT scores and their admittance to a participating college or university. GET students are also judged based on the ACT or SAT scores.

The amount of award given to students is based first on GPA and then on supplemental additions. The basic GPA awards start at $125 per academic year for a 2.5 GPA and go up to $500 per academic year for a 4.0 GPA. ACT supplements start at an additional $36 per year for a score of fifteen and go up to $500 a year for a score of 28 or higher. The AP/IB awards start at $200 for a score of three on the AP exam or five on the IB exam and go up to $300 for a score of five on the AP exam or seven on the IB exam. In all, students have a chance at gaining $1,300 per year towards their education through this scholarship.

You do not need to apply for this award. Simply apply to a Kentucky college or university that participates in the program. You will be notified of your eligibility and award amounts. However, if you do have questions about getting or maintaining eligibility, talk with your high school guidance counselor or your college’s financial aid office. You can find out more about this and other Kentucky scholarships at, and you can also find out more about participating schools for this and other Kentucky scholarships and grants.

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