Public Colleges in Kentucky

The 2023 Directory of Kentucky Public Colleges and Costs

Kentucky Public Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2022

How much does it cost to attend public college in Kentucky?   The average annual in-state four year, public college tuition in Kentucky was $9,836 for the 2021-2022 academic year. This is a change of $166 from the 2019-2020 average of $9,670 and represents a 1.72% annual increase. The list of Kentucky public colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating. Public schools are partially funded by the taxpayers of Kentucky and usually offer lower tuition to in-state residents.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 24 public colleges and universities in Kentucky, the most popular being University of Kentucky with 26,273 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $11,247. University of Louisville is the most expensive public school in Kentucky with an in-state tuition of $12,174.

Click on any school for current tuition, future cost estimates, school specific savings plans and estimated student loan payments. Kentucky colleges can also be filtered by public, private, community colleges and four year schools. Additionally, cost based sorting is available for the lowest and highest tuition options. Jump directly to our ranking of best values in Kentucky or cheap Kentucky colleges guide.

<Academic Rating is a CollegeCalc proprietary national percentile ranking of a college's overall difficulty and educational effectiveness. An average score is 50. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average net price paid. Colleges which are ranked "n/a" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score. Learn more about our ratings.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2020-2021 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Explore Kentucky Colleges

School Tuition Rating Value
Ashland Community and Technical College

Ashland, Kentucky

$4,296 NA NA
Big Sandy Community and Technical College

Prestonsburg, Kentucky

$4,296 NA NA
Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Lexington, Kentucky

$4,296 NA NA
Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, Kentucky

$9,452 32 25
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College

Elizabethtown, Kentucky

$4,296 NA NA
Gateway Community and Technical College

Florence, Kentucky

$4,296 NA NA
Hazard Community and Technical College

Hazard, Kentucky

$4,296 NA NA
Henderson Community College

Henderson, Kentucky

$4,296 NA NA
Hopkinsville Community College

Hopkinsville, Kentucky

$4,296 NA NA
Jefferson Community and Technical College

Louisville, Kentucky

$4,296 NA NA
Kentucky State University

Frankfort, Kentucky

$7,700 20 32
Madisonville Community College

Madisonville, Kentucky

$4,296 NA NA
Maysville Community and Technical College

Maysville, Kentucky

$4,296 NA NA
Morehead State University

Morehead, Kentucky

$9,082 NA NA
Murray State University

Murray, Kentucky

$8,040 46 78
Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, Kentucky

$10,008 38 43
Owensboro Community and Technical College

Owensboro, Kentucky

$4,296 NA NA
Somerset Community College

Somerset, Kentucky

$4,296 NA NA
Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College

Bowling Green, Kentucky

$4,296 NA NA
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

Cumberland, Kentucky

$4,296 NA NA