UK to help pay employee tuition to other state universities for next three years


President Eli Capilouto mingles before speaking at the Clothesline Project event in the Don and Cathy Jacobs Science Building on April 12, 2018, in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Rick Childress | Staff

Kernel News Staff

In light of recent legislation that removed mandated tuition payment for university employees, UK will make no changes in the short term. 

President Eli Capilouto said via campus-wide email that UK will continue to pay tuition for UK employees enrolled in classes at other Kentucky universities for the next three years.

“We are picking up right where the General Assembly’s tuition waiver program left off,” the email read.

According to a UK website set up to answer questions about the tuition worries, in the next three years UK will pay for six credit hours per term for those employees who are already taking classes or have applied for programs at other Kentucky public universities. 

About 75 percent of those UK employees, who are receiving tuition benefits from UK to attend other universities, are UK Healthcare employees, the website said.

Beyond these next three years, the future of the tuition benefits programs is unclear.

Eric Monday, UK’s executive vice president for finance and administration, said on the website that UK “is still analyzing the total cost of the three year program and is in discussions with the other public institutions about partnership agreements.”

UK employees and their family members that are attending UK under the Employee Education Program and Family Education Program are not at risk of losing their tuition benefits as the General Assembly’s legislation does not apply to those programs.