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KRS State-Mandated Scholarships and Waivers

KCTCS Scholarships For Kentucky Residents

To receive specific details on any of the scholarships or waivers listed here you must contact the college you will attend for specific details.

KRS 164.020(32)
Scholarships for Faculty and Staff - Any regular or full-time employee of a public postsecondary education institution or a state or locally operated secondary area technology center may take 6 credit hours at a public postsecondary education institution. The institution is to waive the tuition. House Bill 240, 2000 Regular Session, added full-time employees of state or locally operated secondary area technology centers. 

KRS 164.284
Scholarships for the Elderly - tuition and fees for persons 65 years of age and older are to be waived at public postsecondary education institutions. If classes are filled, the institution may deny "admission."

KRS 164.2841
Dependents of Deceased or Disabled Kentucky Law Enforcement Officers & Firefighters. Free tuition at a state-supported college for the survivor of a police officer, firefighter, or volunteer firefighter killed in the line of duty. Student must be a biological or adopted (not step) child whose parent or a non-remarried widow or widower whose spouse was a resident of Kentucky upon becoming a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or volunteer firefighter who was killed while in active service or training for active service or who died as a result of a service connected disability. These provisions apply to any firefighter or volunteer who is killed or dies on or after July 1, 1989.

KRS 164.2842
Free tuition at a state-supported college for the widow, widower, or child of a police officer, firefighter or volunteer firefighter permanently or totally disabled in the line of duty. Student must be a biological or adopted (not step) child whose parent or a non-remarried widow or widower whose spouse- was a resident of Kentucky upon becoming a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or a volunteer firefighter and who was permanently and totally disabled while in active service or in training for active service. A living law enforcement officer, firefighter, or volunteer firefighter must be officially rated permanently and totally disabled for pension purposes or 100 percent disabled for compensation purposes or if deceased, must have held such a rating at time of death. Tuition is waived (1) until the child reaches age 23 (no age restrictions for spouse) or (2) for a maximum of 36 months.

KRS 164.505
Free tuition at a state supported college for dependents, widow or widower or members of the Armed Forces or of members of the National Guard killed while in service or having died as a result of service-connected disability. No tuition will be charged if the person's deceased parent or step parent, or if the person's deceased spouse if the person has not remarried, was a resident of the Commonwealth of Kentucky upon joining the Kentucky National Guard or upon entering military service and (1) was killed while serving in state active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training with the Kentucky National Guard, or while on active duty in the Armed Force of the United States, during a national emergency, or wars declared by Congress, or actions of the United Nations, or was killed by hostile fire while on duty in the Armed Forces of the United States or the Kentucky National Guard; or (2) died as a result of a service-connected disability acquired while serving in the state active, active duty for training, or inactive duty training with the Kentucky National Guard or Reserve Component, or while on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States during a national emergency, or wars declared by Congress, or actions of United Nations.

KRS 164.515
Spouse or child of permanently disabled member of the member of the National Guard, war veteran, prisoner of war, or member of the Armed Services missing in action exempt from tuition. Conditions: (1) The spouse, regardless of age, and any child, stepchild, or orphan of a permanently and totally disabled member of the Kentucky National Guard or Reserve Component injured while on state active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training, or a permanently and totally disabled war veteran or a one hundred percent (100%) service-connected disabled veteran regardless of wartime service, or prisoner of war or member of the Armed Services declared missing in action, who is over the age of seventeen (17) and under the age of twenty-three (23) shall not be required to pay any tuition upon his admission to any state-supported institution of higher education for a period not in excess of thirty (36) months in order to obtain a diploma, nor in excess of the lesser number of months required for a certificate of completion. (2) To be entitled to benefits under this section the parent or stepparent of the child claiming benefits if living must be rated permanently and totally disabled for pension purposes or one hundred percent (100%) disabled for compensation purposes by the United States Veterans Administration or the Department of Defense or if deceased the claim to benefits is to be based on the rating held by the veteran at the time of death or if a prisoner of war or missing in action, must have been declared as such by the Department of Defense. Members of the Kentucky National Guard must be rated permanently and totally disabled as provided in KRS Chapter 342. The parent's, stepparent's, or spouse's service and rating must be evidenced by certifications from the records of the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs, Veterans Administration Records, or the Department of Defense of the United States.

KRS 164.507
The non-remarried spouse, regardless of age, and any child, step-child, or orphan, between the ages of seventeen (17) and twenty-three (23), of a deceased veteran shall not be required to pay tuition fees upon admission to any state-supported institution of higher education for a period of not in excess of the thirty-six (36) months in order to obtain a diploma, nor in excess of the lesser number of months required for a certificate of completion, if the deceased parent or spouse: A. (1) Served in the Armed Forces of the United States during a national emergency, wars declared by Congress, or actions of the United Nations; or (2) Died while on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United State regardless of wartime service; or (3) Died as a result of a service-connected disability acquired while on active duty with the Armed Forces of the Unites States regardless of wartime service; and B. (1) Was a resident of Kentucky at the time of death; and (2) If discharged, was under honorable conditions.

KRS 164.480
Every person who was engaged in any branch of the military or naval service of the United States, prescribed and classified by the United States War Department as a part of such service, during wars that were declared on April 6, 1917, and any wars declared thereafter, respectively, and who at the time of his enlistment was a resident of Kentucky, is entitled to a free scholarship in any state higher educational institution that he chooses for a period required for the completion of the course of study selected by him. The scholarship includes free tuition, fees, room rent, fuel and lights, and the advantages and privileges of the institution, but does not include free board. Provided, however, that if the federal government provides for the education of veterans of any wars herein referred to, then this section shall not apply to such veterans. KRS 164.490 - Scholastic requirements for scholarship. All persons eligible to the scholarship provided by KRS 164.480 shall meet the scholastic entrance requirements prescribed by the higher education institution for the course of study chosen by the applicant. KRS 164.500- each applicant for the scholarship provided by KRS 164.480 shall file his application at least thirty (30) days prior to the beginning of the semester of the college year at which he desires to enter. The application shall be accompanied by his certificate of honorable discharge from the service, which shall be returned to him upon admittance.

KRS 2845
Tuition-free courses for supervising teachers and resource teachers. In recognition of the valuable service to the preparation of teachers and the need for all teachers to have continual professional growth, a supervising teacher or a resource teacher for teacher interns may, with prior approval of the course-offering institution, take a minimum of six (6) credit hours per term at any public postsecondary institution and pay no tuition. The teachers covered in this section may exercise the tuition-free course option only if there is available space within a given course offering. A postsecondary institution shall not be required to establish a course to meet teacher requests.

The tuition-free courses may be used to partially satisfy requirements for an advanced degree. Each public postsecondary education institution shall establish the procedures for implementing the provisions of this section, effective August 1, 2000.

OUT-of-STATE Waiver
The Kentucky and Community and Technical College System offers a waiver for out-of-state tuition and fees to encourage students who live in neighboring counties in the contiguous states to enroll in KCTCS institutions where a reciprocity agreement does not exist. Out-of-state students awarded the waiver pay tuition and fees at the in-state rate with the remaining out-of-state portion of tuition and fees waived. Please contact your local college for details.

SEEK
Securing Educational Excellence in Kentucky Waiver The Kentucky Community and Technical College System offer a waiver of tuition for secondary (high college) students who enroll at a KCTCS college in specific technical programs.

Non-SEEK High School Waiver
Tuition for non-seek high school students enrolled in colleges that have a signed memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the high school/district. MOA must be retained for audit purposes.

Corrections Waiver
Per a memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Kentucky Department of Corrections, KCTCS colleges are authorized to award tuition waivers for students taking courses at Kentucky's correctional facilities. Please contact your local college for details.

Customized Course Waiver
Colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, on an exceptional basis, shall have the authority to provide a waiver for customized course offerings. Waivers for customized courses shall be of significant off setting benefit to the college's community. Written documentation regarding the reason and benefit of the waiver must be maintained for audit purposes.

KRS 164.2847
Tuition/Fees Waiver for Foster Children or Adopted Children who are or were a ward of the court - Student may be full-time or part-time and must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. To determine the amount of the tuition waiver to be applied, the college uses three numbers: First the sum of the tuition waiver, plus other student financial assistance from all sources (except certain loans and work study) is calculated. Then the cost of attendance as defined in 20 U.S.C. sec. 108711, is compared to that sum (tuition plus financial assistance). If that sum exceeds the total cost of attendance, then the tuition waiver shall be reduced by the amount exceeding the total cost of attendance.