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State-Mandated Scholarships and Waivers

To view these statutes in their entirety, visit the Legislative Research Commission' Web site http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/search.htm. To receive specific details on any of the scholarships or waivers listed here you must contact the college you will attend.

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.

KCTCS Scholarships For Kentucky Residents

The President's Scholarship
Provides funds to each KCTCS College to reward/recruit students with outstanding academic performance, and unmet financial need as demonstrated by application for financial aid. Each college has additional criteria by which these funds are awarded.

John T. Smith Scholarship
Provides funds to minority students who will attend a KCTCS Community/Technical college for at least one academic year as at least a half time student, maintain a 2.5 GPA and plan to attend a four- year institution. Applicants must have unmet financial need demonstrated by application for financial aid. Additional criteria may apply at individual colleges.

Commonwealth Scholarship
Provides funds for recent high school graduates using the following criteria:

  1. Kentucky resident.
  2. Current year high school valedictorians.
  3. Valedictorians who graduated from high school during the previous academic year.
  4. Salutatorians and the upper 10% of the current high school graduating class.
  5. Students must have unmet financial need demonstrated by application for financial aid.

The Kentucky Colonels Better Life Scholarship
Provides funds for two students in each of the 16 KCTCS college districts in the amount of $2500 per year for fulltime attendance in pursuit of a KCTCS associate degree. The KCTCS Scholarship Committee will select the students. An eligible student must be a single working parent with at least one child under the age of 12. The student must have unmet financial need demonstrated by application for financial aid, and demonstrate enthusiasm for learning and potential for academic success. The scholarship is renewable for a second year if the awardees maintain full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their degrees as determined by the college scholarship committee.

Martha C. Johnson Tuition Scholarship for Transfer Curriculum Sophomore
Provides one KCTCS sophomore student (30 hours completed), with a GPA of at least 3.0 with unmet financial need demonstrated by application for financial aid, and documented outside community service and involvement. To be eligible for the competition students must write a one-page essay about their career choice, personal values and community service. Eligibility will be evaluated by the KCTCS Scholarship Committee.

The Paladin Building Sciences Scholarship
The Paladin Building Sciences Scholarship (provided by Paladin, Inc. Lexington) Provides $5,000 annually ($2500 per semester) to a community college student who is transferring to a four-year institution within the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the field of Engineering; Qualifications include: enrollment at a four-year institution within the Commonwealth of Kentucky with a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0. Students should apply through the Financial Aid Office at their local community college.

William Foster Tichenor Tuition Scholarship
Provides for a Sophomore (30 hours completed and admitted to the nursing program) nursing student. To be eligible the student also must have at least a 2.5 GPA and have unmet need as demonstrated by application for financial aid. A one-page essay about their career choice and personal values must be forwarded to the KCTCS Scholarship Committee for evaluation.

Robert Stephen Weimann Tuition Scholarship for non-traditional Harlan County Residents
Provides tuition funds to students who have previously demonstrated potential for academic excellence, are at least 25 years old and have unmet financial need as demonstrated by application for financial aid. College scholarship committees will evaluate candidates.

Charles D. Cramner - Liquid Transporters, Inc., Tuition Scholarship
Provides funds for the children of active employees with at least one year of service or children of employees who were deceased at the time of employment and whose spouse has not remarried. Students must be enrolled full-time, meet satisfactory academic progress and have unmet financial need as demonstrated by application for financial aid. Six semesters can be paid as long as the recipient maintains full-time enrollment and has a GPA of at least 2.5 and funds are available. Children of officers and directors of Liquid-Transporters are ineligible. Application must first be made to the Human Resources Office (Payroll) of Liquid-Transporters and then to the financial aid office of the selected college. The college can provide the application form.

Additional information about these scholarships is available at your local KCTCS College.

Third Party Assistance Programs

There are a number of outside agencies who offer educational assistance and other services to students. Listed below are some these agencies, a brief description of the programs they offer and contacts for each. The staff in your college's Office of Student Aid is available to assist students in dealing with these agencies.

Veterans Affairs

Through the Office of Veterans Affairs a number of educational assistance programs are available to eligible veterans and their dependents. These include:

CHAPTER 30 (Montgomery GI Bill/Active Duty Educational Assistance Program) Under this program, educational benefits are provided to eligible veterans meeting specific requirements.

CHAPTER 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation) Under this program, educational benefits are provided to service-disabled veterans to assist them in achieving independence and obtaining/maintaining employment.

CHAPTER 35 (Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program) Under this program, student aid is provided for the education of dependents (children and spouses) of deceased or disabled veterans or MIA service persons.

CHAPTER 106 (Montgomery GI Bill/Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program) Under this program, educational benefits are provided to eligible members of the Selected Reserve meeting specific requirements.

Veteran's Educational Benefits
KCTCS is approved for training veterans under the provisions of the various public laws commonly called the G.I. Bill. A veteran with entitlement may receive a monthly check varying in amount with his/her course load and number of dependents. A spouse or child of a veteran may receive benefits under certain conditions. Veterans or their families who think they may be eligible for benefits should contact their local Veterans Administration Office or the local KCTCS college's Veterans' Affairs Office. Students receiving V.A. educational benefits must adhere to V.A. Satisfactory Progress Standards. More information on these standards is available from the Veterans Affairs Office. Additional benefits and programs may also be available through this agency. Contact your Veterans Affairs Counselor for additional information.

Kentucky National Guard Tuition Award Program
This program provides awards equivalent to in-state tuition at eligible institutions to active enlisted members of the Kentucky National Guard. For information contact: Major Sharon Tyson, Kentucky National Guard, Frankfort, Kentucky at 1-888-464-8273 or 1-502-607-1307. You may also contact your local National Guard unit.

Kentucky Department of Vocational Rehabilitation

This program provides assistance to individuals who have physical or mental impairments with the goal being to assist these individuals achieve suitable employment and independence. Assistance is in the form of tuition (partial to full) and other services. For information contact: Department of Vocational Rehabilitation @1-800-373-7172 for the office nearest you.

Kentucky Department for the Blind

This program provides vocational rehabilitation assistance to individuals with severe visual disabilities so they may become independent and gain employment. Educational assistance is normally in the form of tuition, fees and books. Other services are also available. For information contact: 1-800-321-6668.

UMWA/BOCA Training & Education Fund

This program is for UMWA employees, their spouses and dependents. It is not a grant or scholarship. Employees must participate by having paid into the fund. For information contact: Fund Administrator, UMWA/BOCA Training & Education Fund, 4600 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville, MD 20705-2675 or call 1-800-646-3544.

Social Services Programs

Through the local social service agencies, a variety of programs are available to assist students. Those dealt with at KCTCS Colleges are: Kentucky Works (JOBS), which provides training and job-seeking assistance to recipients of the KTAP program. Assistance is normally in the form of transportation, childcare and other college related expenses. TANF "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families" (formerly, AFDC), provides monetary payments to students and families with dependent children (who may also be students). Other programs may also be available. Please note that programs names and requirements may change. For information contact: local Department for Social Insurance offices located in all Kentucky counties. A KTAP representative is available to students at your college campus.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) (Formerly Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA)
Students may qualify for help in meeting their educational expenses through the Workforce Investment Act. Prior to enrollment at KCTCS, a student should contact their local WIA office to determine eligibility and types of assistance available to them. Students needing more information on WIA may contact the local KCTCS Office of Student Aid.

College Specific Scholarships
Each year, a number of individuals, organizations and companies provide scholarships that are available to students attending various individual colleges. The amount and criteria for these awards will vary. These scholarships are advertised when available, and eligible students may apply at that time. Information is available at your local college's Office of Student Aid.

AmeriCorps

The AmeriCorps program provides full-time educational awards in return for work in community service. You can work before or during or after your post secondary education, and you can use the funds either to pay current educational expenses or to repay federal student loans. For more information on this program, call 1-800-942-2677 or write to: The Corporation for National and Community Service, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20525.

The HOPE Scholarship
The "HOPE Scholarship" tax credit helps make the first two years of college or post-secondary vocational school universally available. Students will receive a 100 percent tax credit for the first $1,000 of tuition and required fees and a 50 percent credit on the second $1,000. This credit is available for tuition and required fees less grants, scholarships, and other tax-free educational assistance and will be available for payments made after December 31, 1997 for college enrollment after that date. A high college senior going into his or her freshman year of college in September, 1998, for example, could be eligible for as much as a $1,500 HOPE tax credit. If you need more information on the HOPE Scholarship contact your local KCTCS College's Office of Student Aid.

The Lifetime Learning tax credit
This tax credit is targeted to adults who want to go back to college, change careers, or take a course or two to upgrade their skills and to college juniors, seniors, graduates, and professional degree students. A family will receive a 20 percent tax credit for the first $5,000 of tuition and required fees paid each year through 2002 and for the first $10,000 thereafter. Just like the "HOPE Scholarship" tax credit, the Lifetime Learning tax credit is available for tuition and required fees less grants, scholarships, and other tax-free educational assistance; families may claim the credit for amounts paid on or after July 1,1998 for college or vocational school enrollment beginning on or after July 1, 1998. The maximum credit is determined on a per-taxpayer (family) basis, regardless of the number of post-secondary students in the family, and is phased out at the same income levels as the "HOPE Scholarship" tax credit. Families will be able to claim the Lifetime Learning tax credit for some members of their family and the "HOPE Scholarship" tax credit for others who qualify in the same year. If you need more information on the Lifetime Learning tax credit contact your local college's Office of Student Aid.