Active Duty Military

The University of Kentucky salutes our men and women in uniform serving honorably around the globe. If you are stationed at Fort Knox or Fort Campbell, then you and your family will be considered in-state for tuition purposes.  If you choose one of our online degree programs AND use your GI Bill® benefit you too will be considered in-state for tuition purposes regardless of residency or duty station. You can view ACE recommendations for your military training at

Please note: UK's cost per credit hour exceeds active duty Tuition Assistance rates!

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As of 1 July 2009, members of the Armed Forces serving on active duty in Kentucky for a period of more than 30 days will be charged in-state tuition. This also applies to the spouse and dependent children of the service member. House Resolution 4137 ensures that service members are not penalized for relocating for military service. If you are currently serving in Kentucky or if your permanent duty station or home of record is Kentucky, you will be charged in-state tuition for the duration for your continuous enrollment.


A student is eligible for readmission if, during an absence, the student performs uniformed service, voluntary or involuntary, in the Armed Forces, including the National Guard or Reserve, active duty, active duty for training or full-time National Guard (under federal authority). The cumulative length of all absences for uniformed service (service time only) must not exceed five years.

A student must provide orders, or written notice by Commanding Officer, of a Uniformed Service Obligation, such as Temporary Duty (TDY), etc., to the Office of the Registrar as far in advance as possible, unless precluded by military necessity. Such notice does not need to indicate when the student will return to the University.  The student must also give oral or written notice of Intent to Return to the University of Kentucky within three years after the completion of the period of service. Immediately upon the student's return to school, the student must provide notice that he/she may be entitled to the tuition and enrollment benefits outlined in this policy.  The student is required to provide official military obligation documentation to the Office of the Registrar and or Veterans Resource Center.

A returning student will be charged the same tuition and fees in effect during the last academic year the student attended, unless veterans' education benefits or other service member education benefits will pay the amount in excess. For subsequent academic years, the returning student may not be charged tuition and fees in excess of what other students in the program are charged.

A returning student will be readmitted into the same academic program the student was enrolled in prior to the military service obligation. If the exact program no longer exists, the student will be admitted to the program that is most similar, unless the student requests or agrees to admission to a different program. Returning students will be re-enrolled with the same enrollment status, number of completed credit hours, and academic standing as the last academic year of attendance.


Department of Defense Personnel using Tuition Assistance (TA) from their branch of service will have any unearned TA funds returned to their branch of service on a proportional basis through at least the 60 percent portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned to the respective branch of service based upon when a student stops attending (withdrawal from, dropping the course, or ceasing to attend). Refund calculations apply to any student who is attending this institution and withdrawals within 60% into the period of enrollment for which the student has received TA. Once a student has completed more than 60% of the period of enrollment, all of their assistance has been earned (by the school) and will be retained by the university.  In the event that a service member must withdraw from a course due to deployment or activation, UK will work with the student to refund 100% of the TA to his or her branch of service provided proper documentation (military orders) is provided to the Department of Military Initiatives. For additional refund percentages and timelines students should refer to the applicable academic calendar published by the Registrar at