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Contract Spaces

Furthering an education to become a veterinarian or optometrist can be costly, especially for Kentucky students who must pursue those degrees out-of-state. Contract Spaces is a program designed to help reduce tuition costs.

Why Kentucky needs Contract Spaces

Kentucky's public institutions do not offer professional programs in veterinary medicine or optometry. To make sure that these fields of study are more affordable to Kentucky residents, the state participates in the Southern Regional Education Board’s Contract Spaces program, which reserves spaces for Kentucky students. Kentucky students who are awarded a seat then pay a reduced tuition rate at that institution, with the Commonwealth paying the difference.

To qualify, students prove residency in Kentucky and apply to an approved veterinary or optometry school, which awards the spaces.

How students benefit from Contract Spaces

Qualified Kentucky students are able to pay the equivalent of in-state tuition for veterinary medicine and optometry programs, which in most cases, reduces the total tuition costs.

How Contract Spaces benefits Kentuckians

Contract Spaces keeps the goal of earning a degree in veterinary medicine or optometry attainable, even though the state does not offer these programs at public universities. 

How Contract Spaces helps us toward 2025 goals

More Kentuckians with degrees, especially in the areas of health and science, is a state priority. Contract Spaces helps give students access to degree programs at reduced tuition rates.


Learn more about Kentucky's education goals by viewing Stronger By Degrees, the Council's strategic agenda for postsecondary and adult education.

Last Updated 3/14/2017