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KEES Money


Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES)

The KEES program provides scholarships to students who earn at least a 2.5 GPA each year they attend a certified Kentucky high school. The better they do in high school, the more they earn toward college. They may also earn awards for ACT/SAT scores and Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores. Home school and GED graduates may earn awards based on their ACT scores.



Check your KEES Money

Register for your My KHEAA account.  Make sure you store your username and password in a safe place, and make sure you will have access to it.  You will use this account periodically throughout high school, and we do not have access to your username or password.  


The summer after your freshman year, we will submit a KEES report to KHEAA.  KHEAA will then send you your KEES information the following Fall.  Each fall thereafter, you should receive updated KEES info from the previous school year.  If you think there is an error on your KEES report, contact your guidance counselor immediately.  




KEES Base Award Amounts

For each year you earn a 2.5 or better GPA, you can earn the base amount listed below. For instance, a high school freshman who earns a 3.5 GPA would have a $375 scholarship for each year of college. Amounts may change based on available funds.


GPA Amount
2.50 $125
2.60 150
2.70 175
2.75 187
2.80 200
2.90 225
3.00 250
3.10 275
3.20 300
3.25 312
3.30 325
3.40 350
3.50 375
3.60 400
3.70 425
3.75 437
3.80 450
3.90 475
4.00 500





ACT Bonus Award Amounts

You can earn a bonus award for an ACT score of 15 or above. For example, a KEES-eligible student who has a score of 25 would earn an additional $393 for each year of college.


ACT Score Bonus
15 $36
16 71
17 107
18 143
19 179
20 214
21 250
22 286
23 321
24 357
25 393
26 428
27 464
28+ 500






AP/IB Supplement Award Amounts

If you have been eligible for free or reduced-price lunch during any year of high school and have earned a qualifying score on an Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exam taken during or after the 2008-2009 academic year, you can earn a supplemental award. For example, a KEES eligible student who receives a score of 3 on an AP exam and is eligible for free or reduced-price lunch would earn an additional $200 for each year of college.


Advanced Placement
Exam Score Supplemental
3 $200
4 $250
5 $300


International Baccalaureate
Exam Score Supplemental
5 $200
6 $250
7 $300