The Council "determines" tuition and approves the minimum qualifications for admission to the state-supported postsecondary education institutions [KRS 164.020(8)]. Since the Council has determined that residents of Kentucky should pay lower tuition than non-residents, an administrative regulation was developed to assist in determining whether students are, in fact, residents of Kentucky. 13 KAR 2:045- Determination of residency status for admission and tuition assessment purposes establishes the criteria and process for evaluating student requests that they be declared Kentucky residents. Currently, an emergency regulation is in place to bring Kentucky into compliance with changes in federal law regarding active duty military personnel and their families. The emergency regulation is shown below as 13 KAR 2:045E.
The Council also is undertaking a comprehensive review of the residency regulation. The review process can be followed by following the link below to the Statewide Residency Committee.
The Council administers several tuition assistance programs through the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) including the Academic Common Market, the Veterinary Medicine Contract Spaces program, and the Optometry Contract Spaces program. The Council uses the process detailed in 13 KAR 2:045 when it considers student residency requests. The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority also uses the administrative regulation when it determines student residency as a means of establishing eligibility for state financial aid programs.