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).

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 2016 or Spring 2017, complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA by:

  • Incoming Freshmen - Priority date is February 15, 2016
  • Returning and Transfer students - Priority date is March 15, 2016

For courses offered in the Fall 2017 or Spring 2018, complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA by:

  • Incoming Freshmen - Priority date is February 15, 2017
  • Returning and Transfer Students - Priority date is March 15, 2017