The Office of Graduate Funding has compiled the following list of questions frequently asked by graduate students regarding tuition scholarships and billing. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.
1. What is included in my tuition scholarship?
Tuition scholarships include the standard tuition and fees; they do not include Johnson Center fees and health fees; nor do they include student specific fees, such as lab fees, course fees, program fees, music fees, distance learning course fees, or tuition charges above and beyond the standard graduate rate. These additional fees are the responsibility of the student and will appear on your billing statement. Part time students are generally not charged the health fee, and you must request the health fee to be included on your bill at the Student Billing Services (18 Funkhouser Building) if you would like to use the Kentucky Clinic services.
Tuition scholarships for full assistantships (20 hrs per week) cover the full standard tuition and fees, and tuition scholarships for half assistantships (10 hrs per week) cover half the standard tuition and fees, regardless of the course load (a student with a half assistantship taking 3 hrs worth of classes will receive a tuition scholarship for half the standard tuition and fees for 3 hrs).
Note: A half assistantship is equal to 10 hrs of work per week. An assistantship that requires 20 hrs per week but is only 1 semester (as opposed to a full-year assistantship) is still considered a full assistantship.
2. Why would I receive a bill if I have a tuition scholarship?
If you receive a bill, it may be for the fees listed above that are not covered by the tuition scholarship. Additionally, if you have a half assistantship, you will be responsible for part of the tuition. You may also receive a current bill for charges from a past semester—in our billing system, payments on an account, including term specific payments such as tuition scholarships, are applied to the earliest charges before they are applied current charges. Thus, if you owe a balance from a previous semester, it may appear that your entire tuition scholarship was not paid, because it was applied to the earliest balance. It is therefore a good idea to check your online account towards the end of each semester, just to be sure you don’t have any additional fees owed to the University.
3. When would I not qualify for a tuition scholarship?
Students that are on academic probation (GPA below 3.0) will not receive a tuition scholarship. Additionally, if a student has an assignment that starts after the midpoint of the semester, or if the assignment is less than 4 months in length (per semester tuition is to be covered), they will not receive a tuition scholarship (with the exception of summer).
4. Are tuition scholarships available during the summer?
Students that are working as research assistants or graduate assistants for at least 1 full summer session will receive a tuition scholarship for the out-of-state portion of tuition for both summer sessions. Full time assistantships (20 hrs per week) will receive a tuition scholarship covering their full out of state tuition, and half time assistantships (10 hrs per week) will receive a tuition scholarship covering half their out of state tuition. In-state tuition scholarships are not available during the summer for research and graduate assistantships.
Fellows, please refer to your award letter for information regarding whether or not summer tuition is included. Teaching assistants, please refer to your department, as the departments handle the summer teaching assistantships.
5. What should I do if I have a question about a billing statement?
If you have a general question about charges, please contact Student Account Services at 257-3406.
If you have a question in reference to your Graduate School tuition scholarship, check your online account at myUK. The billing statements are not as up to date as the website, and tuition scholarships that have been recently applied may not show up on your mailed billing statement. If you still have a question about your scholarship, contact the Graduate School Tuition Scholarship Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Do I need to contact the Graduate School if I have a tuition scholarship and change my hours or late register?
No, you only need to contact the Graduate School if you think there is a discrepancy with your tuition scholarship.
7. What should I do if I don’t receive a refund I’m expecting, or if I receive a refund I’m not expecting?
If you are expecting a refund and have not received it, check your address on myUK to be sure it is correct. Refunds are mailed to the residual/refund address in myUK. If you receive a refund you are not expecting, please contact the tuition scholarship officer at email@example.com. Students that receive incorrect refunds will still be responsible for the refund amount, so be sure to check with the Graduate School if you are unsure whether or not your refund is correct.