Donovan Scholars

Learn about applying to and attending UofL as a Kentucky resident aged 65 years or older.

The state of Kentucky offers a unique opportunity for students who are 65 years or older to take a select number of classes for free at any state-supported institution within the Commonwealth. Commonly known as the Donovan Fellowship, students interested in attending UofL can take classes that may count towards a degree or simply be for fun.


There are few requirements for this program that you must meet before you can take advantage of the program:

  • You must be 65 years or older on - or before - the first day of classes of the semester.
  • You must be a resident of Kentucky and be able to present a valid state photo ID (this does not cover Indiana reciprocity).
  • You must be admitted to UofL before you can start taking classes.

I am interested and qualify. What do I need to do?

Here is a general overview of the steps you will need to take in order to register for classes here at UofL. We recommend you look at the additional links on this page for more detailed information on each of these steps as well.

Apply to UofL.

Activate your student accounts

  • ULink: You will use ULink to register for classes, view your class schedule, and view your balance to see what fees you may owe. 
  • Blackboard: You will use Blackboard to view course materials, complete assignments, view course announcements, and collaborate with your classmates. 
  • Outlook: You will use Outlook to access your student email, where you will receive University updates (including weather and safety updates), instructor updates, classmate communication, and information about your bill. 
  • Cardsmart: You will use your Cardsmart student account if you are degree-seeking in order to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Register for classes

  • To view what classes are offered each semester, please view our Course Catalog
  • Complete Pre-Registration Questions on ULink under the Tasks tile. You will need to complete this task every semester prior to registration. 
  • If you are auditing, you will complete an Add/Drop form. These can be picked up in the Transfer & Adult Student Services office. You will need to obtain an instructor signature as permission to enroll as an auditor. Once it is complete, you will drop the form off with the Registrar’s office. 
  • If you are enrolling for credit, you can register for classes using your ULink student account.

Pay your fees

  • You can show your driver’s license to the Bursar’s office in order to waive your tuition charges. 
  • You can pay your fees at the Bursar’s office or using your ULink student account. 
  • To waive your meal plan, please visit the Dean of Students Office website.

Pick up your student ID in the Cardinal Card office, located in the lower level of the Houchens Building. 


Purchase books (if necessary) using the university bookstore website.