KRS 158.142 establishes the Early Graduation Program (EGP), an optional program in which a student may receive a high school diploma, Early Graduation Certificate and scholarship award from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) upon successful completion of all program requirements provided in 704 KAR 3:305 in three (3) academic years or less.
The scholarship award may be used at a Kentucky public two (2) year community and technical college or a Kentucky four (4) year public or non-profit independent institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Early Graduation Program (EGP) versus Graduating Early (Credit-Based)
There is a difference between a student who is a graduate of the EGP and one who graduates early. Although the wording is similar, the EGP requires students to formally submit an intent to participate in the program. Upon successful completion of all program requirements provided in Section 5 of 704 KAR 3:305, EGP students may earn a high school diploma, Early Graduation Certificate and scholarship award from KHEAA.
Whereas, students who graduate early, but are not participating in the EGP, meet all state and local minimum high school graduation requirements, as expected of any traditional four-year high school student, but do so on an accelerated timeline. Students who graduate early, but do not participate in the EGP, are not eligible for the EGP Certificate and scholarship from KHEAA.
Early Graduation Frequently Asked Questions
Please see Section 5 of the
Minimum High School Graduation Requirements FAQ for questions related to early graduation.
Early Graduation Program (EGP) Requirements
Due to the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 61 (2022), any student who wishes to complete the EGP in the 2022-23 academic year must meet the following requirements:
- Communicate intent to the principal within the first thirty (30) days of the academic year in which the student intends to graduate;
- Meet the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) college entrance examination benchmarks; and
- Complete at least one financial literacy program or course as required by KRS 158.1411.
For additional information, refer to the SB 61 Guidance on the Early Graduation Program.
NOTE: The EGP requirements will change for any student who enrolls in the program during the 2023-24 academic year and beyond. Additional information on these updated requirements, including support for implementation, will be made available to schools in the coming months when regulatory amendments to 704 KAR 3:305 are approved.
Schools must create an equitable communication plan so that all students are aware of the opportunity to enroll in the EGP. Participants must be flagged in Infinite Campus by Oct. 1 of the academic year in which the student intends to graduate.
Students entering the EGP are not required to complete the graduation criteria prior to entry into the program.
District decisions regarding class rankings, commencement speakers and picture placement in the yearbook, etc., are determined locally by school and district personnel and should then be communicated to students and families. 704 KAR 3:305, Section 5, outlines the criteria for the EGP but does not establish parameters around other such decisions.
If you have questions about the Early Graduation Program Scholarship, you may contact the KHEAA Early Graduation Scholarship Program Coordinator by email or call (502) 696-7397.
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