Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority
October Financial Aid Tip

Press Release Date:  Friday, October 02, 2015  
Contact Information:  Tim Ballard
(502) 696-7372

Kentucky high school students who earn their diploma in three years or less may qualify for a scholarship from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

To take advantage of the Early Graduation Scholarship Certificate program, students must sign a letter of intent to graduate early before the start of their junior year.

They must also meet ACT benchmarks: at least an 18 on the English exam, at least a 19 on the math exam and at least a 20 on the reading exam.

In addition, they must pass end of course exams in four subjects: Algebra II, biology, English II and U.S. history.

The amount of the scholarship varies each year. It is based on the amount of state funding provided to high schools.

The scholarship can be used only during a student’s first year in college. The student must attend a Kentucky public or private non-profit college or university to receive the funds.

KHEAA is the state agency that administers Kentucky’s student financial aid programs, including the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES). Its sister agency, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHESLC), offers Kentucky Advantage Loans to help students and parents pay for college. For more information about Advantage Loans, visit

To find links to other useful education websites, 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. 6-7214.