House receives bill that would expand use of KEES money

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)—Kentucky students could use their KEES merit scholarships for qualified workforce training programs under a bill that today cleared the House Education Committee.

House Bill 61, would add these training programs—which the bill states would have to be “in one of Kentucky’s top five high-demand work sectors—to the list of eligible uses for KEES, or Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship, awards earned by Kentucky high school graduates.

Students enrolled in a qualified workforce training program that allows them to earn postsecondary credit hours at a participating schools would be eligible for reimbursement of training costs based on their KEES award beginning with the 2019 school year, per the bill.

Similar legislation was considered by the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly in both the House and the Senate.

KEES money is now awarded to recent Kentucky high school graduates and other eligible students enrolled in college or university or a registered apprenticeship program, according to Kentucky law.

Students earn KEES money for each year of high school in which they maintain a GPA of at least 2.5, per state law. Additional KEES awards are earned based on ACT/SAT and other test scores.

HB 61 now moves to the full House for its consideration.

Media release from the Legislative Research Commission

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