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Tuition & Costs

2023-2024 Tuition Rates
Tuition Category Cost Per Credit Hour
Resident Students $186/credit hour
Dual Credit Students $93/credit hour
Nonresident Students $250/credit hour
Online-Only Courses+ (all students): $186/credit hour
Mandatory Fee* (all students): $8/credit hour
Distance Learner Fee** $20/credit hour


What's With the ***?

Great question!

The first * is the KCTCS BuildSmart Investment for Kentucky Competitiveness fee. This fee does not apply to Dual Credit Students.

+For students who are enrolled in online-only courses, the tuition is the same regardless of your residency. Other fees, such as the mandatory fee and a distance learning course fee of $20/credit hour still apply.

A full list of charges and fees is available.


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Cost of Attendance 2024-2025


In-State Students
Category Living with Parents1 Living Off-Campus Living on Military Base
Estimated Direct Costs
Estimated Tuition $4,536 $4,536 $4,536
Estimated Fees $192 $192 $192
Estimated Indirect Costs2
Estimated Books/Supplies $1,268 $1,268 $1,268
Estimated Living Expenses (Food & Housing) $5,294 $8,814 $3,526
Estimated Personal Expenses $1,012 $1,012 $1,012
Estimated Transportation $2,590 $2,590 $2,590
Estimated Loan Fees $54 $54 $54
Estimated Licensure Expense3 - - -
Total $14,946 $18,466 $13,178 

Out-of-State Students
Category Living with Parents Living Off-Campus Living on Military Base
Estimated Direct Costs
Estimated Tuition $6,240 $6,240 $6,240
Estimated Fees $192 $192 $192
Estimated Indirect Costs2
Estimated Books/Supplies $1,268 $1,268 $1,268
Estimated Living Expenses (Food & Housing) $5,294 $8,814 $3,526
Estimated Personal Expenses $1,012 $1,012 $1,012
Estimated Transportation $2,590 $2,590 $2,590
Estimated Loan Fees $54 $54 $54
Estimated Licensure Expense3 - - -
Total $16,650 $20,170 $14,882 

1 Cost of attendance estimates are based upon student's expected living arrangements and assume full-time enrollment (12 credit hours each semester).
2 Estimated Indirect Costs are NOT amounts that will be charged to the student's account at the college, but are average amounts that a student could expect to incur during periods of enrollment.
3 Some programs of study prepare students for work in a profession that requires licensure to be employed in your state. The cost of obtaining licensure varies by profession and by the state in which the license is obtained. You can find a list of academic programs leading to state licensure at Licensure Disclosures.

These are estimated values used to calculate eligibility for financial aid funds and are updated annually.

(3) For students living in housing located on a military base or housing for which they receive a military housing allowance (Basic Allowance for Housing, or “BAH”), a standard allowance for food based on whether the student chooses to purchase food on-campus or off-campus, but not for housing costs. Students should notify the Financial Aid Office if they are located on a military base or receive military housing allowance (BAH). This applies to:

  • Independent students who receive, or whose spouses receive, a BAH or who live on a military base; and
  • Dependent students who are living with parents who are receiving a BAH or who live on a military base.

Students enrolled in terms shorter than the standard 16 week semester may have a reduced budget that reflects the number of weeks of enrollment.