9.2 Available Funds & Number of Eligible Students | KCTCS

9.2 Available Funds & Number of Eligible Students

Pell Grants and Direct Loans

Maximum eligibility based on number of credit hours, cost of attendance, and federally established payment chart

Federal Work-Study

Determined at college level based on unmet need.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

KCTCS uses a tiered selection process within each term for awarding Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) awards. Funding allocations for each term will be determined after notification from DOE of the funding level for the fiscal year.

Scholarships

Posted to student’s package based on specified amount of the scholarship and as allowed by cost of attendance for need-based scholarships

College Access Program (CAP)

CAP Grants may be awarded to Kentucky residents enrolled for at least six semester hours (half time) in academic programs that take at least two years to complete. To be considered for a CAP Grant, the total EFC toward the student's educational expenses cannot exceed the maximum amount established by KHEAA (Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority) as posted on the KHEAA website on an annual basis.

Kentucky Education Excellence Scholarships (KEES)

To be eligible for a KEES yearly GPA award, a high school student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident.
  • Be a Kentucky resident. You are eligible if you maintain your legal residence in Kentucky while attending the U.S. Congressional Page School or participating in an approved foreign educational exchange program. You are eligible if your parent or guardian maintains legal residence in Kentucky while serving in the U.S. armed forces.
  • Have earned at least a 2.5 GPA in any year of high school while meeting the KEES curriculum requirements.
  • Attend and graduate from a certified Kentucky high school or other approved high school.
  • Not be a convicted felon.

More information about the KEES awards are available on the KHEAA website.

Additional KEES Award Requirements

To be eligible for a KEES ACT bonus award, a high school graduate must:

  • Have a least a 15 composite ACT score on an ACT taken at a national test site or a score of 710 or better (critical reading and math) on the SAT. The highest score achieved by the date of your high school graduation will be used for calculating the bonus award amount.
  • Have earned at least a 2.5 GPA in any year of high school while meeting the KEES curriculum requirements.

To be eligible for a KEES Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) supplemental award, a high school graduate must:

  • Be eligible for free or reduced-price lunch during any year of high school.
  • Earn a qualifying score on an AP or IB exam taken during or after the2008-2009 academic year.
  • Have earned at least a 2.5 GPA during any year of high school while meeting the KEES curriculum requirements.

NOTE: There is no limit to the amount of supplemental awards a student can receive.

To be eligible for a KEES ACT award, a home school graduate must:

  • Have an ACT composite score of 15 or better (SAT score of 710 or better) on a national exam.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident.
  • Be a Kentucky resident. You are eligible if you maintain your legal residence in Kentucky while attending the U.S. Congressional Page School or participating in an approved foreign educational exchange program. You are eligible if your parent or guardian maintains legal residence in Kentucky while serving in the U.S. armed forces.
  • Be enrolled in a participating college.
  • Not be a convicted felon.

To be eligible for a KEES ACT award, a GED graduate must:

  • Have an ACT composite score of 15 or better (SAT score of 710 or better) on a national exam.
  • Have had your 18th birthday occur on or after January 1, 1999.
  • Have earned a GED in Kentucky within five years of turning 18 years old.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident.
  • Be a Kentucky resident.
  • Be enrolled in a participating college within five years of receiving a GED.
  • Not be a convicted felon.

KEES Renewal Requirements

To continue to receive KEES funding, students must meet KEES renewal criteria established by KHEAA and based on when the student first enrolled at an eligible institution and received KEES funds.

Renewal amounts for students who received KEES prior to the 2009-2010 academic year will be determined as follows:

  • If your cumulative GPA is at least 3.0, your full award will be renewed.
  • If your cumulative GPA is at least 2.5 but below 3.0, your award amount will be reduced by 50 percent.
  • If your cumulative GPA is below 2.5, you will become ineligible until you raise your cumulative GPA to at least 2.5 at the end of the next academic year.

Renewal amounts for students who first enrolled and received KEES during the 2009-2010 academic year will be determined as follows:

  • If your cumulative GPA is at least 3.0, your full award will be renewed.
  • If your cumulative GPA is at least 2.5 but below 3.0, your full award will be renewed only if you have completed enough hours to be certified as on track to graduate by your college.
  • If your cumulative GPA is at least 2.5 but below 3.0, you have not earned enough hours to be considered on track to graduate, but you were enrolled full time during the prior year, your award amount will be reduced by 50 percent.
  • If your cumulative GPA is below 3.0 and you were enrolled less than full-time and are not considered on track to graduate, you will become ineligible until you meet one of the standards above at the end of the next academic year.

KCTCS determines if students are on track to graduate using the following criteria. As noted above, students with a 3.0 GPA keep all KEES funds regardless of hours earned.

  • End of 2nd Year: 2.5-2.99 GPA and 48 hours* earned = On Track to Graduate
  • End of 2nd Year: 2.5-2.99 GPA and 36-47 hours = Not on Track to Graduate but can keep ½ KEES if full-time
  • End of 3rd Year: 2.5-2.99 and 84 hours = On Track to Graduate

*By taking 18 hours a term for the remaining terms, a student could graduate on time.

Early Childhood Development Scholarship

The scholarship amount is the tuition actually charged by the institution, not to exceed the maximum amount per award year as established by KHEAA and posted annually on their website. An applicant must:

  • Be a Kentucky resident and U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident.
  • Be enrolled in no more than nine credit hours per academic term in the scholarship program curriculum at a participating Kentucky institution,pursuing one of the approved credentials, and maintaining satisfactory academic progress.
  • Be employed at least 20 hours weekly in a participating early childhood facility or provide training in early childhood development at least 12times per year for an organization approved to offer training by the Office of Inspector General of the Cabinet for Health Services or be employed as a preschool associate teacher in a state-funded preschool program.
  • Not be eligible to receive state or federal training funds through HeadStart, a public preschool program, or First Steps.
  • Have no unpaid financial obligation to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority or in default on any other Title IV program.
  • Agree to a service commitment based on the credential pursued.
  • Submit the scholarship application, for each term, by the deadline to the professional development counselor.
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Army, National Guard and GI Assistance

Must be a Guard member with satisfactory standing; complete basic and advanced individual training; and attend an approved accredited school to pursue a vocational, associate, bachelor or graduate program. Tuition (subject to the availability of funds) for up to the established per credit hour amount established by KHEAA and published annually on their website, not to exceed cap outlined in National Guard Policy letter.

Eligibility: Guard member with six-year obligation who is a high school graduate or GED holder and completes basic and advanced individual training.

Award: Students receive up to the established monthly amount established by KHEAA and published annually on their website, not to exceed cap outlined in National Guard Policy letter, for full-time enrollment in a Veterans Administration-approved vo-tech, undergraduate or graduate program for up to 36 months.

Eligibility: Newly enlisted Guard members with no prior service, current members with three years of service and active duty members who join the Guard within 30 days of discharge and enlist or extend in a qualifying unit for at least six years qualify for the reserve component.

Award: Up to the dollar amount established by the Veteran’s Administration (VA) each month as a full-time student enrolled in a program approved for VA benefits; an established monthly amount is available for soldiers participating in an officer commissioning program such as Reserve Officers’ training Corp (ROTC) or Officer Candidate School (OCS). All soldiers must meet eligibility in their unit, Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), and Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) scores.

Eligibility: Active member of the Kentucky National Guard. Member must maintain all minimum standards, be eligible for all positive personnel actions and have completed basic training or its equivalent.

Award: Up to in-state tuition for full- or part-time study at any Kentucky public college while funds are available.

Go Higher

The Go Higher Grant gives adults age 24 or older up to $1,000 for one academic year when they enroll in a participating Kentucky college or university less than half-time, which is usually one or two courses. The award covers tuition and a book allowance of $50 per credit hour. To be eligible you must:

  • Be a Kentucky resident
  • Be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident
  • Be age 24 or older
  • Demonstrate financial need