New scholarship helps high school students take dual credit courses


Students at Kentucky’s public high schools can take advantage of a new dual credit scholarship during the 2016-2017 school year. This program was initially announced by Gov. Bevin and Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner on June 1.

Dual credit allows students to earn high school and college credit for passing classes offered by colleges.

The new scholarship provides $52 per credit hour for up to two dual credit classes taken at a Kentucky college during the school year. That is the highest rate participating colleges can charge for classes under the program. A student can use the scholarship for no more than nine credit hours.

Students can use the scholarship for general college classes and for career and technical courses. Career and technical courses must be in a state-approved pathway the leads to a credential recognized by an industry.

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be a Kentucky resident. Eligible students must also complete a 30-minute college success counseling session available through their high schools.

No application is necessary for the scholarship. Public school districts will pay the course costs for recipients through funds provided by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. Students must still enroll through the college’s regular admissions process.

KHEAA administers the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) and other state student aid programs. 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. 6-7214.

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