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Net Price of Kentucky Colleges by Income

Cost of Kentucky Colleges Zoom In

Source: National Center for Educational Statistics. This is the most recent data available as of January 2021

Questions & Answers

  • What do all these numbers mean?

    All costs shown here are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket for one year at the college in question. Net cost is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Figures are based on data from the 2018-19 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2021.

  • What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

    Total cost is the total cost of attendance for one year at that particular college. It includes:

    • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
    • Room and board (on campus)
    • Books and supplies
    • Other expenses (travel and personal)

    There are detailed chart below for each school that shows these expenses. Click here to go to the individual cost breakdown for schools.

  • How can I use this information?

    This information is useful for building a realistic college budget. It's a good place to start until you better understand your specific circumstances. For example, let's say your income is $100,000 per year. This chart shows that the average state school would run $15,683 and the average private school would be $21,733. You can also get information on specific Kentucky schools in the chart above or the tables below.

  • Will my family pay the amount on this chart?

    Probably not. The numbers are averages. You may be below average or above average. However, there are two key points we can learn from this data:

    1. Families with higher incomes ($75,000-$110,000 and $110,000+) will most likely pay close to full price at the public schools.
    2. Private colleges have a higher list price but offer more discounts. This brings their net price much closer to the cost of state-funded schools.

  • Where did this information come from?

    As part of federal financial aid, colleges are required to provide detailed cost information to the U.S. government. This data is made available to the public through the National Center for Education Statistics. For more details, click here.

  • What about athletes, merit aid or minority students?

    Athletes, high achieving students, and those with minority status are averaged in with everyone else. Within each income bracket, there are families that pay more than average and families that pay less than average.

  • The costs on this chart seem large. How can families afford to pay it?

    For many families paying for college is not easy, but in the end they figure out. Most families will pay their net cost of college with some combination of:

    • College savings and investments
    • Payments from current income
    • Loans
    • Outside scholarships (check out the Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents to learn how your student can win scholarships)
    • Tax planning
    • Student work
Cost of Kentucky Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net prices is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus the average amount in government grants and institutional scholarships the school awards. This is an average, so you may pay above the average or below the average. Your exact net price is likely to be different and sometimes drastically different.

Most families will pay the net price with some combination of savings and investments, current income and various loans. Some students will also receive scholarships from sources other than the federal or state government or the college. Any scholarships and grants from these outside sources are not included in the data. However, government grants and institutional scholarships are included in the averages.

Total Cost at University of Kentucky (2018-19)
Tuition and Fees $11,942
Room and Board $12,858
Books $1,000
Other Expenses $3,730
Total $29,530

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2018-19 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2021. Total costs include:

  • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
  • Room and board (on campus)
  • Books and supplies
  • Other expenses (travel and personal)

College Total Cost
Family Income KY Public $23,779 KY Private $42,626
$0 - $30k $9,836 $16,237
$30,001 – $48k $10,717 $16,808
$48,001 – $75k $13,037 $18,456
$75,001 – $110k $15,683 $21,733
$110,001+ $16,746 $23,474

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the Kentucky public and private colleges we have included in our analysis. The costs include a breakdown of the average net price paid by family income. Notice that the average private college is $6,000-$7,000 more than the average public school, depending on your income bracket. It is important to stress that these are averages. Most families will not be average, and their individual circumstances could be drastically different. I encourage all families to work with their preferred colleges to get information specific to their family.

Below are similar charts for each individual private and public college in Kentucky. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public KY Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Eastern Kentucky University

    Richmond
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $9,666 $9,876
    Room and Board $10,040 $10,476
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,800 $2,800
    Total $23,706 $24,352
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,397 $12,735
    $30,001 - $48k $11,641 $11,958
    $48,001 - $75k $14,004 $14,386
    $75,001 - $110k $17,293 $17,764
    $110,001+ $16,980 $17,443
  • Kentucky State University

    Frankfort
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,090 $8,090
    Room and Board $6,690 $6,690
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $998 $998
    Total $17,078 $17,078
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,646 $6,646
    $30,001 - $48k $5,526 $5,526
    $48,001 - $75k $7,588 $7,588
    $75,001 - $110k $9,847 $9,847
    $110,001+ $12,356 $12,356
  • University of Kentucky

    Lexington
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $12,245 $12,360
    Room and Board $12,814 $13,210
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $4,042 $4,358
    Total $30,101 $30,928
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,848 $12,174
    $30,001 - $48k $12,872 $13,226
    $48,001 - $75k $15,733 $16,165
    $75,001 - $110k $20,337 $20,896
    $110,001+ $23,189 $23,826
  • University of Louisville

    Louisville
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $11,656 $11,928
    Room and Board $9,226 $9,452
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $5,898 $6,318
    Total $27,980 $28,898
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,058 $13,486
    $30,001 - $48k $14,341 $14,812
    $48,001 - $75k $16,795 $17,346
    $75,001 - $110k $20,569 $21,244
    $110,001+ $21,737 $22,450
  • Morehead State University

    Morehead
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $9,070 $9,290
    Room and Board $9,730 $9,490
    Books $1,440 $1,440
    Other Expenses $2,572 $2,612
    Total $22,812 $22,832
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,029 $10,038
    $30,001 - $48k $11,086 $11,096
    $48,001 - $75k $12,967 $12,978
    $75,001 - $110k $15,993 $16,007
    $110,001+ $16,367 $16,381
  • Murray State University

    Murray
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $9,084 $9,168
    Room and Board $9,190 $9,466
    Books $1,258 $1,260
    Other Expenses $3,940 $3,800
    Total $23,472 $23,694
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,839 $8,923
    $30,001 - $48k $9,185 $9,272
    $48,001 - $75k $11,959 $12,072
    $75,001 - $110k $13,484 $13,612
    $110,001+ $14,990 $15,132
  • Northern Kentucky University

    Highland Heights
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $10,032 $10,296
    Room and Board $9,912 $10,046
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $2,500 $2,500
    Total $23,244 $23,642
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $4,156 $4,227
    $30,001 - $48k $6,295 $6,403
    $48,001 - $75k $10,039 $10,211
    $75,001 - $110k $12,301 $12,512
    $110,001+ $13,395 $13,624
  • Western Kentucky University

    Bowling Green
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $10,512 $10,802
    Room and Board $8,343 $8,432
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,985 $2,035
    Total $21,840 $22,269
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,714 $11,944
    $30,001 - $48k $14,790 $15,081
    $48,001 - $75k $15,209 $15,508
    $75,001 - $110k $15,642 $15,949
    $110,001+ $14,956 $15,250

Private KY Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Alice Lloyd College

    Pippa Passes
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $11,550 $12,230
    Room and Board $6,240 $7,160
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $5,100 $5,100
    Total $24,290 $25,890
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,865 $13,712
    $30,001 - $48k $13,597 $14,493
    $48,001 - $75k $16,076 $17,135
    $75,001 - $110k $17,756 $18,926
    $110,001+ $16,600 $17,693
  • Asbury University

    Wilmore
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $30,198 $30,952
    Room and Board $7,160 $7,536
    Books $1,300 $1,330
    Other Expenses $2,910 $2,982
    Total $41,568 $42,800
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $22,494 $23,161
    $30,001 - $48k $22,929 $23,609
    $48,001 - $75k $27,906 $28,733
    $75,001 - $110k $29,094 $29,956
    $110,001+ $31,192 $32,116
  • Bellarmine University

    Louisville
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $42,200 $42,830
    Room and Board $12,250 $9,420
    Books $788 $752
    Other Expenses $5,900 $6,688
    Total $61,138 $59,690
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $21,398 $20,891
    $30,001 - $48k $18,667 $18,225
    $48,001 - $75k $21,666 $21,153
    $75,001 - $110k $22,467 $21,935
    $110,001+ $26,737 $26,104
  • Berea College

    Berea
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $39,990 $44,700
    Room and Board $6,764 $6,966
    Books $700 $700
    Other Expenses $2,400 $2,500
    Total $49,854 $54,866
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $5,296 $5,828
    $30,001 - $48k $5,296 $5,828
    $48,001 - $75k $4,259 $4,687
    $75,001 - $110k $8,723 $9,600
    $110,001+ $0 $0
  • Brescia University

    Owensboro
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $22,100 $23,500
    Room and Board $9,350 $9,940
    Books $3,000 $3,000
    Other Expenses $2,000 $2,000
    Total $36,450 $38,440
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,581 $11,159
    $30,001 - $48k $11,505 $12,133
    $48,001 - $75k $11,845 $12,492
    $75,001 - $110k $14,147 $14,919
    $110,001+ $17,215 $18,155
  • Campbellsville University

    Campbellsville
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $25,400 $25,400
    Room and Board $8,000 $8,000
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $4,986 $5,046
    Total $39,586 $39,646
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,563 $16,588
    $30,001 - $48k $16,625 $16,650
    $48,001 - $75k $18,741 $18,769
    $75,001 - $110k $18,962 $18,991
    $110,001+ $20,036 $20,066
  • Centre College

    Danville
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $41,700 $43,000
    Room and Board $10,480 $10,740
    Books $1,500 $1,400
    Other Expenses $1,740 $1,770
    Total $55,420 $56,910
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,953 $15,355
    $30,001 - $48k $15,379 $15,792
    $48,001 - $75k $16,917 $17,372
    $75,001 - $110k $22,219 $22,816
    $110,001+ $28,482 $29,248
  • University of the Cumberlands

    Williamsburg
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $23,000 $9,875
    Room and Board $9,000 $9,300
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $5,000 $3,690
    Total $38,400 $24,265
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,993 $9,474
    $30,001 - $48k $15,634 $9,879
    $48,001 - $75k $14,763 $9,329
    $75,001 - $110k $19,300 $12,196
    $110,001+ $20,100 $12,701
  • Georgetown College

    Georgetown
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $38,650 $39,810
    Room and Board $9,780 $10,160
    Books $1,250 $1,250
    Other Expenses $2,250 $2,298
    Total $51,930 $53,518
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,194 $14,628
    $30,001 - $48k $13,907 $14,332
    $48,001 - $75k $15,068 $15,529
    $75,001 - $110k $19,344 $19,936
    $110,001+ $23,468 $24,186
  • Kentucky Wesleyan College

    Owensboro
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $26,160 $27,200
    Room and Board $9,764 $10,217
    Books $1,298 $1,298
    Other Expenses $3,640 $3,640
    Total $40,862 $42,355
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,271 $17,902
    $30,001 - $48k $17,457 $18,095
    $48,001 - $75k $19,286 $19,991
    $75,001 - $110k $18,144 $18,807
    $110,001+ $23,337 $24,190
  • Kentucky Christian University

    Grayson
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $19,256 $20,596
    Room and Board $8,200 $8,480
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $4,768 $4,900
    Total $33,424 $35,176
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,432 $18,346
    $30,001 - $48k $21,196 $22,307
    $48,001 - $75k $20,221 $21,281
    $75,001 - $110k $20,343 $21,409
    $110,001+ $21,949 $23,100
  • Lindsey Wilson College

    Columbia
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $24,850 $25,350
    Room and Board $9,385 $9,425
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $5,243 $5,243
    Total $40,478 $41,018
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,017 $15,217
    $30,001 - $48k $12,838 $13,009
    $48,001 - $75k $15,717 $15,927
    $75,001 - $110k $17,628 $17,863
    $110,001+ $18,881 $19,133
  • Midway University

    Midway
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $24,750 $24,850
    Room and Board $8,480 $8,600
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $7,000 $7,000
    Total $41,430 $41,650
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,118 $19,220
    $30,001 - $48k $20,489 $20,598
    $48,001 - $75k $23,441 $23,565
    $75,001 - $110k $24,967 $25,100
    $110,001+ $26,311 $26,451
  • University of Pikeville

    Pikeville
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $20,950 $21,550
    Room and Board $7,800 $7,950
    Books $2,500 $2,000
    Other Expenses $6,500 $3,040
    Total $37,750 $34,540
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,677 $14,344
    $30,001 - $48k $19,388 $17,739
    $48,001 - $75k $22,059 $20,183
    $75,001 - $110k $23,310 $21,328
    $110,001+ $24,256 $22,193
  • Spalding University

    Louisville
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $24,500 $25,200
    Room and Board $7,900 $7,900
    Books $1,650 $1,650
    Other Expenses $5,437 $5,437
    Total $39,487 $40,187
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $23,656 $24,075
    $30,001 - $48k $23,218 $23,630
    $48,001 - $75k $25,448 $25,899
    $75,001 - $110k $29,957 $30,488
    $110,001+ $27,876 $28,370
  • Thomas More College

    Crestview Hills
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $31,200 $32,090
    Room and Board $8,704 $9,000
    Books $0 $0
    Other Expenses $2,950 $3,160
    Total $42,854 $44,250
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,733 $17,278
    $30,001 - $48k $16,104 $16,629
    $48,001 - $75k $18,269 $18,864
    $75,001 - $110k $21,696 $22,403
    $110,001+ $22,435 $23,166
  • Transylvania University

    Lexington
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $38,750 $40,210
    Room and Board $10,460 $10,770
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,100 $2,100
    Total $52,310 $54,080
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,713 $19,346
    $30,001 - $48k $20,385 $21,075
    $48,001 - $75k $20,825 $21,530
    $75,001 - $110k $24,642 $25,476
    $110,001+ $28,293 $29,250
  • Union College

    Barbourville
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $27,140 $27,950
    Room and Board $7,475 $7,500
    Books $1,470 $1,470
    Other Expenses $3,955 $4,030
    Total $40,040 $40,950
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,307 $15,655
    $30,001 - $48k $17,932 $18,340
    $48,001 - $75k $19,693 $20,141
    $75,001 - $110k $38,488 $39,363
    $110,001+ $38,488 $39,363
 

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