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New scholarship allows KCTCS students to earn $1,500 – $2,000 on the way to an associate degree

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is offering a new scholarship to help students complete their associate degrees in two years or less.

The 15 to Finish scholarship will pay $500 to students who successfully complete 15 credit hours in a semester and enroll for an additional 15 hours the next semester. Research shows students who take at least 15 hours a semester are more successful, graduate sooner and save money.

Beginning this fall, students could start earning $1,500 in scholarships on their way to an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree and up to $2,000 if they are pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree, which may take an additional semester.

“We continually look for ways to keep the cost of college as low as possible so all of our students receive a good value for their education,” said KCTCS President Jay K. Box. “The 15 to Finish scholarship is one more way students save money while completing their programs faster. We’re focused on helping students complete their programs as quickly as possible so they can fill the large number of open jobs throughout the state.”

The scholarship also is another way KCTCS is helping increase Kentucky’s higher education attainment levels.

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The Council on Postsecondary Education set a goal to raise the percentage of Kentuckians with a postsecondary degree or certificate to 60 percent by the year 2030. Achieving this goal is critical if the Commonwealth hopes to accelerate job creation, grow the economy and expand Kentucky’s tax base through the contributions of a better-educated, productive workforce.

New and current students are eligible for the 15 to Finish scholarship, and students enrolled in the scholarship program will retain eligibility if they transfer from one KCTCS college to another. More information about the scholarship, including how to apply, is available on the KCTCS website.

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is the Commonwealth’s largest postsecondary institution with 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses. It is also Kentucky’s largest provider of workforce and online education. Through partnerships with business and industry, KCTCS aligns its programs to meet the needs of local employers.

In its first 20 years, KCTCS has served 875,000 Kentuckians.

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