All applicants are automatically considered for financial support by the Patterson School's Admissions and Fellowship Committee. Assistance may be awarded based upon merit, need, or a combination of the two. The committee places an emphasis on intellectual achievement and experience that indicates a genuine commitment to a career in international affairs. Aid normally takes the form of scholarships, fellowships, or tuition reductions, rather than loans.
Overall resources for general student assistance are limited, as is the norm with professional graduate schools. Three significant mitigating factors for all applicants, however, are the relatively affordable cost of tuition at the University of Kentucky, the overall low cost of living in Lexington and the fact our program can be completed in just three semesters.
As regards tuition, applicants from ten Southern U.S. states curently qualify for reduced tuition via the Academic Common Market. This program, run under the auspices of the Southern Regional Education Board, enables students to pursue unique majors offered at public institutions in states other than their own while paying the applicable in-state tuition. Students need to pay careful attention to their home state's deadlines and application requirements and process.
Applicants may be considered for a variety of special sources of financial support. These include the Wethington, Mathews, Reedy, and Singletary Fellowships administered by the university. The University of Kentucky Financial Aid Office can provide further information regarding these and other potential sources of assistance.
International students typically comprise approximately twenty percent of each year's entering class, with representatives coming from all regions of the world. Their contribution to our program of study is invaluable. International students frequently attend the Patterson School under the William J. Fulbright Foreign Student program (worldwide). Some students are also able to get a reduction in tuition cost from the University of Kentucky on the basis of their outstanding academic record. We are working to expand the financial assistance resources available to support international students.