Border Benefit

Accepted first-time freshmen and transfer students from Illinois, Indiana, Nashville Metro, South West Ohio, and St. Louis Metro will automatically receive this renewable award. West Virginia and all of Ohio will be effective with entering freshmen for Fall 2024.

In-state Tuition for Out-of-State Students


Border Benefit Award Information & Criteria

This estimated $16,000* grant enables students residing in select regional areas to pay the equivalent of KY in-state tuition by subtracting this amount from their tuition bill.

Incoming students will automatically receive this renewable award upon admission to UofL. No additional application is required.

A note regarding ACT/SAT scores and scholarship awards: The University of Louisville offers a variety of scholarships, and students may apply for scholarships with or without test scores. Students applying for scholarships without test scores will be considered through a comprehensive review of academic merit and rigor. Consistent Advanced Placement, Cambridge, International Baccalaureate, and/or dual credit coursework is required for consideration. We strongly encourage students with mid to high ACT/SAT scores to submit their scores to automatically receive additional awards.

Amount/Year Weighted GPA With Qualifying ACT/SAT Score Without Qualifying ACT/SAT Score
Estimated $16,000* Automatic upon admission to UofL
Estimated $16,000* + $1,000 3.5 26-27 ACT/1230-1290 SAT Comprehensive academic review**
Estimated $16,000* + $2,000 3.5 28-29 ACT/1300-1350 SAT  Not applicable 
Estimated $16,000* + $3,000 3.5 30 ACT/1360 SAT  Comprehensive academic review**
Estimated $16,000* + $4,000 3.5 31-35 ACT/1390-1560 SAT Not applicable
Estimated $16,000* + $5,000 3.5 36 ACT/1570 SAT Not applicable

*This amount is an approximation. The award will lower out-of-state tuition to the Kentucky in-state tuition rate.

**Awards are selective based on review, and are not guaranteed.

The Border Benefit cannot be combined with the Grawemeyer Scholarship, Regional Scholars Award, National Scholars Program or National Merit finalist scholarship.

Transfer students are eligible for the $16,000 level award.

Border Benefit Eligibility

Students must attend school or reside in eligible state or county. 

All Illinois Counties

All Indiana Counties

Excludes Southern Indiana counties eligible for in-state tuition (Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Perry, Scott and Washington)

Select Missouri Counties

  • Cape Girardeau
  • Franklin
  • Jefferson
  • Lincoln
  • Mississippi
  • New Madrid
  • Perry
  • Saint Charles
  • Saint Genevieve
  • Saint Louis
  • Saint Louis City
  • Scott
  • Warren

All Ohio Counties (Fall 2024)

Select Tennessee Counties

  • Cheatham
  • Clay
  • Davidson
  • Macon
  • Maury
  • Montgomery
  • Pickett
  • Robertson
  • Rutherford
  • Stewart
  • Sumner
  • Williamson
  • Wilson

All West Virginia Counties (Fall 2024)

Apply today.

Simply submit a UofL Take Flight application or the Common App, along with the $30 application fee (or fee waiver documentation) and your high school transcript. ACT/SAT scores are optional, although we do encourage students with qualifying test scores to submit their scores.

The University of Louisville guarantees Admission-Based Scholarships until May 1 for students entering UofL in the fall.


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