Tuition & Costs

The amount you will pay as a KCTCS student depends on whether you're a resident of Kentucky and how many classes you take. Tuition is generally due before you begin classes, but our payment plan gives you the option of making payments over time. Additional charges may apply to courses depending on the specific course requirements and delivery method as well as supplementary course aide materials. Contact your local KCTCS college for a complete listing.  

2022-2023 Tuition Rates
Tuition Category Cost Per Credit Hour
In-State Students $182/credit hour
Out-of-State Students: From Contiguous Counties* $364/credit hour
Out-of-State Students: Other Out-of-State Students $637/credit hour
Online-Only Courses+ (all students): $182/credit hour
Mandatory Fee** (all students): $8/credit hour
Distance Learner Fee*** $20/credit hour


What's With the ***?

Great question!

The first * is for contiguous counties. Contiguous counties are those which border Kentucky. Students from these counties pay a special tuition rate. Students from Reciprocity Counties pay in-state tuition.

Next, the ** is the KCTCS BuildSmart Investment for Kentucky Competitiveness fee.

+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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