State Financial Aid Programs

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has several financial aid programs that are administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). KHEAA was established by an act of the General Assembly in 1966 to enhance higher education opportunities for Kentucky students. Since its creation, the agency has helped hundreds of thousands of students pay for their higher education.

Please find detailed information about the student financial aid programs administered by KHEAA below.

College Access Program (CAP)

The College Access Program (CAP) helps Kentucky’s financially needy undergraduate students attend Brescia University. CAP Grants are 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 qualify for a CAP Grant, the total expected family contribution (EFC) toward the student’s educational expenses cannot exceed $3,850.

Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES)

The 1998 General Assembly provided Kentucky high school students a great opportunity to make their education pay with the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES)! KEES is administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Students who try to get the most from high school by studying hard and making good grades (2.5 GPA or higher) can earn scholarships towards their cost of attending Brescia University.

Kentucky Tuition Grant (KTG)

The Kentucky Tuition Grant (KTG) Program provides need-based grants to qualified Kentucky residents to attend the Commonwealth’s independent colleges like Brescia University. Students must be full-time undergraduates enrolled in an associate or baccalaureate degree program and have no past due financial obligations to KHEAA or to any Title IV program. The maximum reward for the 2013-2014 award year (July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014) is $5645.

KHEAA Teacher Scholarship Program

The KHEAA Teacher Scholarship Program provides financial aid to highly qualified Kentucky students pursuing initial teacher certification. All applicants must be Kentucky residents enrolled full-time (unless enrolled for the final term of a teacher certification program and less than full-time enrollment is required to complete the program). Applicants must demonstrate financial need to qualify for a KHEAA Teacher Scholarship.

Juniors, seniors, postbaccalaureate, or graduate students may receive an academic year maximum of $5,000 (exclusive of a summer session); $2,500 for each semester; and $1,250 for each summer session. If funds remain, freshmen and sophomores may receive an annual maximum of $1,250 (exclusive of a summer session); $625 each semester; and $325 for each summer session.

If a recipient does not complete the program or does not render qualified teaching service, the scholarship becomes a loan and the recipient is required to repay the amount disbursed with 6% interest that accrues from the date of disbursement.

To apply, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a Teacher Scholarship application. To apply for the 2006-2007 Teacher Scholarship Program, please visit for further details.

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship

The federally funded Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship program provides scholarships to academically talented high school seniors and GED recipients who show promise of continued excellence in postsecondary education. Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships are awarded up to $1500 per year for a total of four years. (Award amounts are contingent upon federal funding). Students interested in applying for the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship should visit the KHEAA website at