Kentucky high school students and 2012 graduates should check their Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) accounts for accuracy.
KEES allows students to earn money for college by getting good grades in high school and for qualifying scores on the ACT or SAT. Students eligible for free or reduced lunches may also earn awards for good scores on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams. KEES is administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).
To check awards and personal information, students need to use the Zip Access function on www.kheaa.com. If they do not already have a Zip Access account, they can easily set one up from the KHEAA home page.
Students may verify their KEES GPA is correct by taking the letter grade for each course taken during the year and converting it to a 4.0 scale on which an A = 4.0, B = 3.0, C = 2.0, D = 1.0, and F = 0. AP and IB course grades receive one extra point of weight in the calculation, making an A = 5.0, B = 4.0, etc. The GPA is calculated by adding all the points together and dividing the total by the number of credits earned during the year.
Students who need to have GPAs or other information corrected should contact their school counselor.
If students do not see any KEES information, they should call the KHEAA College Access Team at (800) 928-8926.
Students do not have to apply to receive their KEES awards. If they attend an eligible college or university, KHEAA will send their award to the school once the school verifies enrollment.
To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, go to www.gotocollege.ky.gov. For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit www.kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call (800) 928-8926, ext. 6-7372.