Financial

UKSGA is proud to allocate money to registered student organizations, as well as students in need. This page includes information on the many ways that students can receive financial assistance from UKSGA. It also includes important financial resources for UK students.

PPE Funding

Starting this year, UKSGA will be offering a PPE Grant to student organizations needing it in order to give them the ability to adhere to campus and state regulations. The PPE which SGA will be providing includes disposable masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes. Unlike other SGA Grants, Registered Student Organizations can apply for this grant twice per semester. If there are any questions or concerns, please reach out to Appropriations & Revenue Chairman at sga.funding@uky.edu

To apply for PPE funding, please fill out the form at our BBNVolved Page.

Student Organization Funding Grant

UKSGA is proud to offer $130,000 to registered student organizations through Student Organization Funding Grants. These take the form of General Funding Grants, Service Grants, Club Sports Grants, Multicultural Inclusion Grants, Academic and Professional Grants, and Senate Special Projects. Please see descriptions below if you are eligible for any of these grants.

Registered student organizations can apply for each of our Student Organization Funding Grants through this form.

General Funding Grant

General Funding Grants are all purpose funding requests, including travel, programming, etc, for Registered Student Organizations. Student organizations receiving this grant may receive up to $750.

Max Amount: $750

Service Grant

Service Grants are intended for a community service project sponsored by a Registered Student Organization. Student organizations receiving this grant may receive up to $1,500.

Max Amount: $1500

Club Sport Grant

Club Sport Grants are reserved for registered Club Sport Teams wishing to obtain funding for a project, event and/or supplies. Student organizations receiving this grant may receive up to $1,500.

Max Amount: $1500

Multicultural Inclusion Grant

Multicultural Inclusion Grants provide funding to Registered Student Organizations seeking to promote diversity, inclusion, and/or the spread of multicultural values throughout the University of Kentucky student body. Student organizations receiving this grant may receive up to $1,500.

Max Amount: $1500

Academic and Professional Conference Grant

Academic and Professional Conference Grants provide funding to Registered Student Organizations attending an Academic or Professional Conference that is closely related to the purpose of the registered student organization. Student organizations receiving this grant may receive up to $1,500.

Max Amount: $1500

Senate Special Project

Senate Special Projects are funding requests intended to benefit the student body that must be sponsored by a Student Government Senator. The maximum for this grant is $2,500. Please contact a Senator and visit their office hours to discuss funding for a Senate Special Project.

To see a list of available senators, check out this link.

Max Amount: $2,500

RSO Promotional Grant

This grant is designed to increase your organization's presence on campus, and we are happy to purchase up to $500 of promotional items for your organization to use. You may order the approved items you need from a list of approved vendors. Upon approval, you will be contacted with specific instructions on how to go about the process of ordering your items. If you can't find what you need, need more information about the approval process, need to know specific details about what items can be funded, or anything else, please contact sga.funding@uky.edu.

To see apply, check out this link.

Max Amount: $500


Student Grants

UKSGA is also proud to provide multiple grants directly to UK students. Read the descriptions below to see if you meet the requirements for UKSGA funding.

Childcare/Dependent Grant

This grant is for full-time students who have dependents. Regardless of the severity of circumstances, we are happy to offer $1,000 to students with at least one (1) dependent or $1,500 for students with multiple (2+) dependents. The application seeks to validate that students have a dependent and gives an opportunity in the form of a short essay to share additional information. To clarify, a dependent is defined as anyone that the student may have legal guardianship over. This can include children (biological or adopted) and/or any other persons whom the student legally cares for (ex. Power of Attorney). This does not include spouses. Students may apply to this grant once per semester, or until funding is no longer available. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Academic and Student Affairs Chair at sga.studentaffairs@uky.edu.

To apply to this grant visit this BBNVolved page.

Max Amount: $1,500

Parking Coupon Grant

UKSGA issues coupons to students providing up to 2 hours of free parking per day for up to 5 uses. Coupons will expire December 31st, 2021. Coupon codes and user license plates must be entered correctly to avoid receiving a citation.

To apply visit this BBNVolved page.

Graduate School Prep Book Grant

The purpose of this program is to provide students with free study materials, such as preparation books and flashcards, for select graduate and professional entrance exams. Qualifying exams include the GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, DAT, and OAT. Any post-graduate exams (NCLEX, PRAXIS, etc.) do not qualify. A variety of options is available for each exam. Specific books may be ordered by request with a maximum amount of $75, but may take time for shipping. This program is unable to fund the registration of any preparation courses. Students are responsible for picking up their prep material from the SGA Office, located in Suite A267 of the Gatton Student Center. Students are eligible for a maximum of one study material.

To apply visit this BBNVolved page.

Professional Development Grant

The purpose of this grant is to further students' academic and professional success outside of the classroom. This includes funding to attend conferences, research presentations, seminars, remote opportunities, and other experiences that will enhance the student’s leadership, professionalism, academics, and/or career. This application is open to both graduate and undergraduate students and can fund in-person and online events. We will not fund the cost of travel, classes, preparation courses, or any other expenses beyond the registration cost of the opportunity. Applicants will be asked to validate their attendance at the event. The grant takes form as reimbursement of receipts provided by the recipient; therefore, while applicants do not need to register before applying for the grant, recipients must register and pay prior to receiving the grant money. Applicants may apply for this grant for registration expenses for future events or events on/after August 23rd, 2021.

To apply to this grant visit this BBNVolved page.

Student Success Grant

The purpose of this grant is to provide funding to organizations with a University of Kentucky cost center (example: SSO’s, Departments, and other UK entities dedicated to serving students) to encourage and support student engagement as we return to in-person events. The deadline to apply is 5 pm on Wednesday, October 27th, 2021. Qualified applicants must describe how funding will directly serve the UK community.

An estimated budget of how this money will be spent is requested before the application is approved. A follow-up budget will be requested at the end of the school year. Recipients of this grant will be responsible for tracking student involvement by recording student ID numbers at events and other programs (requested at the end of the fiscal year, July 2022). Remember, this funding should be used for the direct benefit of students. Feel free to contact the Academic and Student Affairs Chair at sga.studentaffairs@uky.edu with any questions.

To apply to this grant visit this BBNVolved page.

How to Receive Funding

  1. Complete this online form. If you have any additional questions, contact Director of Finance at sga.finance@uky.edu.
  2. Present the request in person at the next Appropriations & Revenue (A&R) Committee Meeting.
  3. If your proposal is approved by the A&R Committee, you will need to contact Lynn Fresca within the next FIVE (5) business days. If you fail to do so, your grant will be voided.
  4. To receive full allocated funding the RSO must complete the required evaluation survey provided by the Appropriations and Revenue committee within 2 weeks following the sponsored event.

Important Information

Reimbursement Policy

Student Government funds organizations by reimbursement only. All receipts must be submitted to the SGA office manager within 30 days of the approved event, project or purchase. If receipts are not turned in within the 30 day window, the funding will be forfeited. Groups can only be funded once per fiscal year.

Prohibited Items

Student Government will not provide funding for the following items: food and beverages, non-university approved vendors, subscriptions, taxes, management or consulting fees, organizational membership dues, personal gifts, donations or contributions, financial aid, scholarships, expenses incurred prior to Student Government approval, all equipment, awards, trophies or prizes.

Financial Resources

UKSGA fully supports students as they seek financial wellness and support. Below, we have included important links to students needing financial assistance.

Wildcat Wardrobe

The Wildcat Wardrobe is a free professional clothing service for all UK students, located in the basement of White Hall. Whether you need professional attire for an interview, internship, or job, we are here to support students in their academic and professional careers. We have suits, dresses, shirts, ties, shoes, and more for all genders. Due to COVID 19, we have developed a brand new online Wildcat Wardrobe. These items are either purchased from JCPenneys, or donated from the Lexington community and UK alumni. Students are welcome to choose up to three articles of clothing from the Wardrobe, which are theirs to keep, as long as they fill out the “Wardrobe Satisfaction Form” emailed to them after picking up clothing. If you have any questions, please email sga.wardrobe@uky.edu

You can visit the Wildcat Wardrobe in the basement of Whitehall Classroom Building, or you can visit the virtual Wildcat Wardrobe here.

University of Kentucky Basic Needs Hub

This program provides free meal swipes to students experiencing demonstrated food insecurity. In order for your application to be processed, you must respond to all questions and provide detail in the narrative answers. Applications are processed and email notifications of acceptance are sent on Mondays and Wednesdays. If accepted, an initial amount of 10 meal swipes will be loaded to your UK Student ID within two business days. You will then be asked to meet with a Center for Support and Intervention staff member to assess for ongoing need and access to additional swipes/vouchers and/or other resources.

Applicants can apply for meal swipes here.

Swipe Ahead

The University of Kentucky’s Basic Needs Hub helps provide for the basic needs of University of Kentucky students. This relates to food, housing, financial, and other basic needs.

If you are experiencing a basic needs crisis, please complete the Basic Needs Hum referral form.

Big Blue Pantry

Located in the basement of White Hall Classroom Building (room 025) next to the Post Office, the Big Blue Pantry is open to any University of Kentucky student with a valid UK ID experiencing food insecurity or hunger. Students will fill out a short intake form, and their information will remain private. There are no qualifications for access to the pantry other than being a UK student.

Campus Kitchen

Campus Kitchen is a student-powered organization dedicated to reducing waste and eliminating food insecurity. Among other things, they seek to provide free weekly meals for UK students.

Learn more about how to receive Campus Kitchen meals here.

ONE Community Cafe

UK Dining provides the ONE Community Cafe. Located on the second floor of Erikson Hall, the ONE Community Cafe provides balanced, nutritious meals for just $1.00. Operating hours are Monday to Friday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

UK Financial Wellness

The UK Financial Wellness office is geared toward engaging students in financial literacy programs and providing a place for peer mentorship through the MoneyCATS team. Financial Wellness also provides excellent resources for the University of Kentucky student body to stay connected and well equipped to handle their evolving financial needs.

To schedule an appointment, ask questions, find program recommendations, or to join the MoneyCATS team, contact the Student Financial Wellness Center at 859-323-5241 or moneyCATS@uky.edu. To learn more, visit their web page here.

iGrad

The University of Kentucky offers iGrad, a free virtual financial assistance service, to all UK students. IGrad contains a private scholarship search service, budgeting tools, a student loan calculator, courses on important financial skills and information, and much, much more!

Find out how to set up your iGrad account here.

UK Student Employment

The University of Kentucky provides employment exclusively for UK students.

Learn more about job opportunities here.

UK Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

The UK Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships provides financial aid to students who would be unable to attend the University without such assistance. This includes the provision of academic scholarships, loan assistance, need based scholarships, and so on.

Learn more here.

University of Kentucky Financial Ombud Services

This office was created to help students who are having financial difficulties at the University of Kentucky. The Financial Ombud works one-on-one with students and parents to identify and resolve financial problems affecting payment of tuition and fees as well as enrollment. Students can contact the UK Financial Ombud at financialombud@lsv.uky.edu, (859) 218-1360, or visit them at 6 Funkhouser Building Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Students can also visit their website here.

Net Price Calculator

The UK Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships provides financial aid to students who would be unable to attend the University without such assistance. This includes the provision of academic scholarships, loan assistance, need based scholarships, and so on.

This illustrates for students the estimated cost of attending UK. Find the Net Price Calculator here.