Eleven schools have participated in program
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 21, 2015) — The popular Close the Deal program has been transferred from the Lieutenant Governor’s Office to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).
Close the Deal helps high school seniors make the transition to college or careers. It recruits community and business leaders to foster a college-going culture at their local schools.
Former Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson created Close the Deal while he was mayor of Louisville, then expanded it statewide when he became lieutenant governor. KHEAA worked closely with Abramson in promoting and presenting the program.
In 2012, Campbell County High School, Lawrence County High School and Bullitt Central High School participated in the program.
Gallatin County High School; Holmes High School, in Covington; Greenup County High School and Logan County High School participated in Close the Deal in 2013.
In 2014, Breathitt County High School, Campbellsville Independent High School, Livingston Central High School and Ohio County High School participated in the program.
Among the successes from the program participants:
- Covington Independent Schools more than doubled the number of seniors who committed to college, from 45 in the 2012-2013 school year to 108 in the 2013-2014 school year.
- Gallatin County High School saw a 28 percent increase in the number of students who filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) from 2012-2013 to 2013-2014;
- Greenup County High School students submitted 256 college applications and accepted 111 scholarships. Additionally, the school conducted an “Open the Deal” program for this year’s incoming freshman class; and
- Logan County High School increased from a 62.4 percent rate of college and career readiness in 2012-2013 to 100 percent in 2013-2014. In addition, students accepted $1.35 million in scholarships in 2013-2014.