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KHEAA-Administered Programs

Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program

The Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS) helps Kentuckians who have not yet earned an associate's degree afford an industry‐recognized certificate or diploma. The WRKS program is available to college students and certain high school students who are enrolled in college coursework. Scroll down to see the high school student requirements.

  • A college student must:
    • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    • Be a Kentucky resident
    • Be a high school graduate or be enrolled in or have completed a General Educational Development (GED) Program
    • Have not earned an associate's or higher degree
    • Be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, at an eligible postsecondary institution in an approved program of study that leads to an industry recognized certificate or diploma or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in a high‐demand workforce sector.
      • Qualifying areas for the 2021-2022 year are health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation/logistics, business services/IT, and construction
    • Not be enrolled in an ineligible degree program, such as a bachelor or other associate program, at the same or any other institution
    • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the eligible postsecondary institution
    • Not be in default on any Title IV program or KHEAA administered program
  • College student application:
    • FAFSA
    • The 2021-2022 WRKS application. Log in to MyKHEAA to apply.
    • Subject to the availability of funds, award determinations are made on a first-come, first-serve basis by WRKS application date.
  • College student award:
    • Amount equals the amount remaining after subtracting federal and state grants and scholarships from the tuition and fees assessed by the student's eligible institution
    • Maximum award amount shall not exceed the in‐state tuition and fees rate for enrollment at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System
    • The amount awarded for fees shall not exceed $400 per year
  • Eligibility limit:
    • Expires when the first of the following conditions is met:
      • Receipt of scholarship funding for four academic terms;
      • Receipt of the scholarship for 60 credit hours of enrollment; or
      • Receipt of a first associate's degree
      • The WRKS Award Estimator calculates how much Work Ready KY Scholarship you could qualify for based on your tuition and aid amounts.

List of Approved Programs

WRKS Award Estimator