Legacy Tuition Program

Through the Legacy Tuition Program, the University of Kentucky offers partial tuition awards to eligible non-resident undergraduate children of UK graduates. An eligible student is defined as a child whose mother, father, or stepparent has earned a bachelor, graduate, doctorate, or professional degree from the University of Kentucky, whose parent or stepparent is a life member (paid in full) of the UK Alumni Association, and who would normally be subject to non-resident tuition rates. 

Please note, completion of a medical residency does not constitute a qualifying degree program. Also, parents that completed an associate degree from a former UK Community College are not considered qualifying graduates. Non-resident students approved for in-state tuition rates through the Academic Common Market (ACM) are not eligible to receive funding through the Legacy Tuition Program. For more information on ACM, visit www.uky.edu/registrar/academic-common-market. 

Unfortunately, the benefits of this program cannot be extended to grandchildren or other relatives of UK graduates. Additionally, students awarded a tuition scholarship (such as the Singletary or Presidential Scholarship) or granted in-state residency through the undergraduate admission or residency application process are not eligible for this program. For more information on applying for residency, please visit www.uky.edu/registrar/residency. 

New first-time freshmen will be eligible for the Legacy Tuition Program for a total of eight semesters. Transfer students are eligible through the equivalent of their eighth semester of undergraduate study. Semesters of prior college enrollment at other institutions are considered in the total eight semesters. Automatic renewal each semester is contingent upon the student's full-time enrollment on the UK main campus while maintaining a good academic standing and the qualifying parent's life membership (paid in full) in the UK Alumni Association. Eligibility for continued enrollment in the program will be verified each semester.

Students are required to complete the Legacy application to receive the benefits.The deadline for Fall applications is March 1 each year. Please see below for more information on the application process and deadlines. Awards are offered pending early application and availability of funds. Students must submit a copy of their birth certificate or adoption records listing student and qualifying parent. In case of stepparent, please submit a copy of the marriage license. In addition, all applicants (incoming freshmen and transfer) must have applied for admission to the university and have qualifying documents, including high school transcript, on file by the March 1 Legacy Tuition Program deadline.


Scholarship Traditional Criteria (Unweighted GPA) Test Optional Criteria (Unweighted GPA) Annual Amount
Legacy Level 1 3.50 & 31 ACT/1390 SAT 3.60 Difference between resident and non-resident tuition rates
Legacy Level 2 3.30 & 28 ACT/1300 SAT 3.40 $4,500
Legacy Level 3 All others All others $3,000

We are excited to announce that Fall 2022 Legacy applications are in ScholarshipUniverse!

How do I login to ScholarshipUniverse?

  1. Click here to access ScholarshipUniverse.
  2. Enter your linkblue email address (example: wildcat123@uky.edu) and password.
  3. Answer all student profile questions provided.
  4. Click on the “Scholarships” tab to begin applying for scholarships.
  5. Search keyword, “Legacy,” in the search bar.
  6. You can save and continue your application prior to submitting. When you log back in to ScholarshipUniverse, your application will now be under “In Progress.”
  7. Once you complete the application questions, please “Review and Submit” your application. Once submitted, changes cannot be made. Please submit the application by the deadline of March 1, 2022.

For questions regarding SU, please email academicscholarships@uky.edu. For technical difficulties within the SU system, please use the Feedback tab in ScholarshipUniverse to submit a specific description of your situation to the ScholarshipUniverse Support Team, include as much detail as possible, including error codes if applicable.