Frequently Asked Questions


While instructors have the option of making courses available earlier, they typically make them available on the start date listed for the course. Please give the instructor the entire day. If it is past the start date (i.e., the next day) and your course is still not available, please contact us and we will communicate with the instructor.

The instructor of the course can grant an override for a closed course. To find contact information for an instructor, please see the campus directory

Select certificate and graduate credit programs are available entirely online and many others are available in an interactive video or hybrid format. In addition, the University of Kentucky offers individual online courses that may apply towards your undergraduate degree. See our programs page for more information.

Students will pay a $10/ per credit hour fee for all courses taken through Distance Learning Programs.

You can find information for the interactive video remote sites, including maps and addresses, here. If you are still unable to determine the location of your class, please contact us.

Yes, you will earn exactly the same credit as a course taken on the main campus. If you are unclear about whether a Distance Learning course will count toward your degree, be sure to contact your advisor.

Distance Learning students enrolled at the University of Kentucky are eligible for the same financial aid as on-campus students. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for more information and to address your specific needs.

Please see our technological requirements page for more information about the computer and technical requirements.

Online courses utilize a number of internet technologies such as learning management systems, email, discussion boards, streaming video, wikis, interactive video, and web-conferencing. Online courses can be completely asynchronous (no ‘real-time’ interaction) or can have synchronous components (some real-time interaction). Students considering taking an online class should review the distance learning readiness page and technical requirements to determine if online courses are right for you.  

Interactive video is two-way audio and video technology that enables students at remote sites to participate in the same course in a real-time learning environment. This means that your instructor may not be in your classroom but you will still have access via a direct video feed. On-site technicians proctor classes and assist with any technology issues.

You may purchase textbooks at the UK Bookstore, Wildcat Textbooks, and Kennedy Bookstore or from other online sources. You can access textbook information either through your course enrollment page on myUK or at the official UK bookstore. To search for textbooks for a specific class, visit the UK Bookstore.

Kentucky Virtual Campus is a resource if you are seeking specific courses not offered through UK. The course you need might be available elsewhere in the state. http://www.kyvc.org/