Student Records Residency (FAQ)
Frequently Asked Questions
Does UK have reciprocity with surrounding counties?
University of Kentucky does not have any reciprocity agreements with areas outside of Kentucky. Criteria in 13 KAR 2:045 must be met in order for a student to be determined a resident for tuition purposes.
What effect does military benefits/status have on residency?
Pursuant to 13 KAR 2:045
Section 7. Member or Former Member of Armed Forces of the United States, Spouse and Dependents; Effect on a Determination of Residency Status.
(1) A member, spouse, or dependent of a member whose domicile and residency was Kentucky when inducted into the Armed Forces of the United States, and who maintains Kentucky as home of record and permanent address, shall be entitled to Kentucky residency status: (a) During the member's time of active service; or (b) If the member returns to this state within six (6) months of the date of the member's discharge from active duty.
(2)(a) A member of the armed services on active duty for more than thirty (30) days and who has a permanent duty station in Kentucky shall be classified as a Kentucky resident and shall be entitled to in-state tuition, as shall the spouse or a dependent child of the member. (b) A member, spouse, or dependent of a member shall not lose Kentucky residency status if the member is transferred on military orders while the member, spouse, or dependent requesting the status is in continuous enrollment at the degree level in which currently enrolled.
(3) Membership in the National Guard or civilian employment at a military base alone shall not qualify a person for Kentucky residency status under the provisions of subsections (1) and (2) of this section. If a member of the Kentucky National Guard is on active duty status for a period of not less than thirty (30) days, the member shall be considered a Kentucky resident, as shall the spouse or a dependent child of the member.
(4) A person eligible for benefits under the federal Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, 38 U.S.C. 3301-3325, or any other educational benefits provided under Title 38 of the United States Code shall be entitled to Kentucky resident status for purposes of tuition charged at state-supported institutions.
(5) A person's residency status established pursuant to this section shall be reassessed if the qualifying condition is terminated.
NOTE: Questions concerning the federal Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, 38 U.S.C. 3301-3325, or any other educational benefits provided under Title 38 of the United States Code should be directed to the Veterans Resource Center - (859) 257-1148.
When is residency status reassessed?
Residency status is re-assessed any time there is a break in enrollment or a change in degree level.
Can I claim residency under a non-parent family member?
No, a student may only claim residency under a parent or legal guardian.
How long do I have to live in the state to establish residency?
There are several factors considered when determining a student's residency status so the length of time required to establish residency can vary.
What if only one parent lives in the state?
Under the state regulations a student may claim residency under either parent regardless of who claims them on tax returns.