Students who will submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial aid must provide their Social Security Number (SSN) where requested on the paper or online UK admission application.


You are eligible to apply for aid if you meet the following conditions:

  1. You will be enrolled in a degree program for the purpose of obtaining a degree offered by the University of Kentucky.  
  2. You are enrolled at least half-time.  At least half-time enrollment status is required for most federal and state financial aid programs including loans.  Half-time status is defined as follows:  undergraduates - six credit hours; PharmD - six credit hours; graduate, professional doctorate and law - 5 credit hours.  (Note:  Undergraduate students enrolled less than half-time may be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant if they meet all other Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements.)
  3. You are a citizen of the United States of America or an eligible non-citizen (See the Free Application of Federal Student Aid).

A FAFSA is not required to receive an academic scholarship awarded by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, however the University strongly encourages every student to file a FAFSA so they may be considered for all types of financial assistance that is available.

Individuals admitted by the Office of Admissions as non-degree students generally DO NOT qualify for state or federal financial assistance.  Non-degree students must contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to speak with a financial aid counselor who will determine if they are eligible to apply for financial assistance.


Undergraduate, graduate or professional students enrolled in a certificate program are NOT eligible for federal Title IV financial aid funds unless they are concurrently enrolled in a degree program at the University of Kentucky.



Priority dates to complete the FAFSA are listed below:

For courses offered in the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022, complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA by:

  • Incoming Freshmen - Priority date is November 15, 2020
  • Returning and Transfer students - Priority date is December 15, 2020

For courses offered in the Fall 2020 or Summer 2021, complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA by:

  • Incoming Freshmen - Priority date is November 15, 2019
  • Returning and Transfer Students - Priority date is December 15, 2019