Residency for Tuition Purposes

Residency for tuition purposes is governed by Kentucky Administrative Regulation 13 KAR 2:045, Determination of Residency Status for Admission and Tuition Assessment Purposes.

KRS164.020(8) requires the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to determine tuition and approve the minimum qualifications for admission to a state supported postsecondary education institution and authorizes the Council to set different tuition amounts for residents of Kentucky and for nonresidents. The administrative regulation, 13 KAR 2:045, establishes the procedure and guidelines for determining the residency status of a student who is seeking admission to, and who is enrolled at, a state-supported postsecondary education institution.


Initial Determination of Residency Status

The initial determination of residency status is made by University of Kentucky during the admission process, and is based on information provided in the student's application to the university. To request a review of the initial residency determination, the student must submit a notarized residency application with supporting documentation.  


Review of Initial Residency Status  

A notarized residency application with necessary supporting documentation attached must be submitted to the Registrar's Office prior to the filing deadline. The application will be reviewed in compliance with the criteria in 13 KAR 2:045, Determination of Residency Status for Admission and Tuition Assessment Purposes and a written decision will be issued to the student's UK email. The student is responsible for making sure that the application is completed thoroughly and the necessary documentation is attached. Incomplete applications, applications that aren't notarized, and/or applications that lack supporting documentation will not be accepted. 


Residency Application Deadline

Residency applications must be submitted to the Registrar's Office no later than thirty (30) calendar days after the first day of class of the semester for which the application is filed. University of Kentucky has four (4) academic semesters - Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. For the Summer semester, the deadline applies to the first day of class for the summer course(s) you are taking, not the semester start date. Applications received later than thirty (30) calendar days after the first day of class will not be considered for that semester. The student may apply for a future semester. 


NOTE: Notarized residency applications and supporting documentation must be submitted to by 4:30 PM on the day of the filing deadline.