Guidelines for KEES "On-Track" Eligability


  • When the GPAs of KEES recipients are communicated by the Registrar to the Financial Aid Office, a simple ‘YES’ OR ‘NO’ will be reported as answer to whether a student is “on track to graduate”.
  • “On-track to graduate” reporting begins after a student has completed two years at MCU--beginning with the fall 2009 cohort.  
    • First report to be after spring 2011, for all Fall 2009 entering students.
  • Defining “on track”:  The university requirement of the minimum of 128 hours for a baccalaureate degree will be used to calculated earned hour progress standards for all students.  
    • A student will be expected to earn at least 48 hours after the first 2 years (4 semesters) to be considered “on track”.  
      • Note:  Student should complete 24 hours during the first year or 2 semesters.  
    • A student will be expected to earn at least 72 hours after the first 3 years (6 semesters) to be considered “on track”.
  • All developmental hours will be included in the count of hours in determining a student being “on track”.
    • The Financial Aid Director, in conjunction with the Traditional Financial Aid Officer, will furnish a list of 2009 Fall KEES recipients to the Registrar.  A list will be provided each semester thereafter.

Renewal Requirements (for students first enrolling in/after 2009-2010)

  • End of student’s first year remains the same.
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher – full renewal for second year.
    • Cumulative GPA less than 2.50 = loss of award for the next year.
  • End of the student’s second and subsequent years
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher = full renewal for the following year.
    • Cumulative GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 AND “on track to graduate” = full renewal for the following year. 
    • Cumulative GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 AND NOT “on track to graduate” BUT full-time = 50% reduction in award amount for the following year.
    • Cumulative GPA less than  3.0 AND NOT “on track to graduate” AND less than full-time = loss of award for the next year.


SB 75

  • KEES renewal eligibility requirements change for students first enrolling on the 2009-2010.
  • Student must meet cumulative GPA requirements and/or “on track to graduate” requirements.
  • Institutions will certify whether a KEES recipient is “on track to graduate” beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year.
  • Statutory definition of “on track to graduate” is the number of cumulative credit hours earned as compared to the number of hours determined by the post-secondary education institution as necessary to complete a bachelor’s degree by the end of eight (8) academic terms or ten (10) academic terms if a student is enrolled in an undergraduate program that requires five (5) years of study.

            (KRS 164.7874 (19))