Kentucky high school students and Class of 2021 graduates should check their Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) accounts for accuracy.
“Kentucky high school students and recent graduates should check their KEES accounts at least once a year to make sure they’ve gotten all funds that they have earned through their hard work in classes,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “KEES funds earned in high school can help students attend college or technical school, giving them more opportunities to pursue a career they’re passionate about and that will provide well for their families.”
Under the KEES program, students earn money for college for achieving good grades in high school and receiving good scores on the ACT or SAT. KEES is administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).
To check awards, students must sign into their account on kheaa.com. If they do not have an account, they can set one up.
Students can verify that their KEES GPA is correct by taking the letter grade for each course taken during the school year and converting it to a 4.0 scale. On this scale, an A = 4.0, B = 3.0, C = 2.0, D = 1.0, and F = 0. Pluses and minuses count the same, so an A- and an A+ are both worth 4.0 points. Grades for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Advanced International and dual credit courses are weighted, making an A = 5.0, B = 4.0, etc.
Students should also make sure their account has their correct date of birth and Social Security number.
If they find problems with their account or cannot access their KEES information, students should call (800) 928-8926.
In addition to KEES, KHEAA administers need-based grants and other programs to help students pay their higher education expenses. It also disburses low-cost Advantage Education Loans for its sister agency, the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation (KHESLC).
Many of KHEAA’s student aid programs, including KEES, are funded by Kentucky Lottery revenue.
For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call 800-928-8926.