Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority
KHEAA takes over Close the Deal program

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, January 21, 2015  
Contact Information:  Tim Ballard
(502) 696-7372

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 21, 2015) The popular Close the Deal program has been transferred from the Lieutenant Governor’s Office to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

Close the Deal helps high school seniors make the transition to college or careers. It recruits community and business leaders to foster a college-going culture at their local schools.

Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen said she will continue to support the program because she believes that it is important to the Commonwealth.

Close the Deal has been very successful in encouraging students to explore opportunities to further their education and training, which is a key to being able to earn a sustainable income,” Lt. Gov. Luallen said. “I applaud KHEAA for ensuring the program’s success, which will continue to help create a topnotch workforce in Kentucky for generations to come.”

Former Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson created Close the Deal while he was mayor of Louisville, then expanded it statewide when he became lieutenant governor. KHEAA worked closely with Abramson in promoting and presenting the program.

“The program is so unique because it supports high school counselors and engages the business and postsecondary communities in helping students attain further education past high school,” Abramson said. “KHEAA has been involved with the program from the start at the state level so I’m excited this education-minded agency will ensure Close the Deal’s ongoing success.”

A total of 11 high schools across Kentucky have participated in Close the Deal since the program was expanded statewide.

In 2014, Breathitt County High School, Campbellsville Independent High School, Livingston Central High School and Ohio County High School participated in the program.

In 2013, Gallatin County High School; Holmes High School, in Covington; Greenup County High School and Logan County High School participated in Close the Deal.

In 2012, Campbell County High School, Lawrence County High School and Bullitt Central High School participated.

Among the successes from the program participants:

·         Covington Independent Schools, for example, more than doubled the number of seniors who committed to college, from 45 in the 2012-2013 school year to 108 in the 2013-2014 school year.

·         Gallatin County High School saw a 28 percent increase in the number of students who filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) from 2012-2013 to 2013-2014;

·         Greenup County High School students submitted 256 college applications and accepted 111 scholarships. Additionally, the school conducted an “Open the Deal” program for this year’s incoming freshman class; and

·         Logan County High School increased from a 62.4 percent rate of college and career readiness in 2012-2013 to 100 percent in 2013-2014. In addition, students accepted $1.35 million in scholarships in 2013-2014.

“KHEAA is honored to continue the legacy that former Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson established,” said Carl Rollins, the agency’s executive director. “We look forward to working with Lt. Gov. Luallen in making it even more successful.”

KHEAA is the state agency that administers the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES), need-based grants and other programs to help students pay their higher education expenses.

To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, go to For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call 800-928-8926, ext. 6-7372.