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69 Colleges
26,826 Yearly Graduations
$56,561 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$27,284 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly trade school graduations, Kentucky is ranked #9 in the country with 26,826 degrees handed out in 2021. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in Kentucky is $14,140 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $20,424 a year.

An estimated 56% of college students in Kentucky take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,821 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

Public Public vs. Private
3,587 Yearly Degrees
$4,568 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Bluegrass Community and Technical College is 10,180, which includes 4,221 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 31% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,398 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.7% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,540 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
2,508 Yearly Degrees
$4,568 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Jefferson Community and Technical College is 12,196, which includes 3,131 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

18% of Jefferson Community and Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,152 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Jefferson Community and Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,083 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
1,770 Yearly Degrees
$4,568 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Gateway Community and Technical College is 4,299, which includes 1,151 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 17% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $3,941 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Gateway is $27,101.

Public Public vs. Private
1,746 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is 5,850, which includes 2,160 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Roughly 14% of students at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,028 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,007 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
1,693 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Maysville Community and Technical College is 3,446, which includes 1,186 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

25% of Maysville Community and Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,152 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Maysville Community and Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,171 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#6

Somerset Community College

Somerset, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
1,685 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,837 students at SCC in total, 2,048 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 21% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,506 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from SCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,649 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
1,666 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at West Kentucky Community and Technical College is 4,893, which includes 1,762 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 13% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,358 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from West Kentucky Community and Technical College is $24,938.

Public Public vs. Private
1,533 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,562 full-time undergraduates at SKYCTC, and 4,137 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

16% of SKYCTC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,193 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.5% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,129 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
1,484 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Ashland Community and Technical College is 2,400, which includes 1,129 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 21% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,187 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,484 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
1,338 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,901 students at Owensboro Community and Technical College in total, 1,430 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 14% of students at Owensboro Community and Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $3,838 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,306 during the early-career years.

#11

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

Prestonsburg, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
1,080 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,391 full-time undergraduates at Big Sandy Community and Technical College, and 2,426 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

27% of Big Sandy Community and Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,954 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Big Sandy Community and Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,526 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
1,011 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,630 students at Hazard Community and Technical College in total, 978 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 16% of students at Hazard Community and Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,283 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Hazard Community and Technical College is $22,436.

#13

Madisonville Community College

Madisonville, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
960 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Madisonville Community College is 3,104, which includes 1,019 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Approximately 13% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,688 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.1% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Madisonville Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,495 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Hopkinsville Community College

Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
482 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 748 full-time undergraduates at Hopkinsville Community College, and 2,076 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Roughly 7% of students at Hopkinsville Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,740 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.5% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,372 during the early-career years.

#15

MedQuest College

Louisville, Kentucky
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
361 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at MedQuest College is 337, which includes 337 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Roughly 73% of students at MedQuest College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,811 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.8% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Public Public vs. Private
333 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College is 2,505, which includes 1,004 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 18% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $3,103 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,646 during the early-career years.

#17

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
325 Yearly Degrees
$9,752 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,070 undergraduates at Eastern, of which 9,572 are full-time, and there are 14,465 students altogether. For undergraduates at Eastern, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

Around 98% of students who apply get accepted. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

59% of Eastern students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,188 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Eastern is $34,723.

#18

Sullivan University

Louisville, Kentucky
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
253 Yearly Degrees
$13,500 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Sullivan University is 3,165, of which 2,625 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,639 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Approximately 79% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $14,768 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.4% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Sullivan University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,692 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
241 Yearly Degrees
$12,610 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Kentucky is 29,986, of which 22,227 students are undergraduates and of those, 20,239 are full-time. UK has a freshman retention rate of 86%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

Around 96% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Roughly 47% of students at UK take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $9,087 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UK is $43,231.

#20

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
234 Yearly Degrees
$10,992 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 15,286 undergraduates at WKU, of which 11,749 are full-time, and there are 17,517 students altogether. It takes the average WKU undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

Around 98% of students who apply get accepted. Around 36% of accepted students are men, and 64% are women.

54% of WKU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,946 a year. WKU has a 6.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from WKU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,301 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
233 Yearly Degrees
$10,392 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 11,507 undergraduates at NKU, of which 8,024 are full-time, and there are 16,211 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Around 87% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

Roughly 54% of students at NKU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,052 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $38,625 during the early-career years.

#22

Henderson Community College

Henderson, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
207 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,331 students at Henderson Community College in total, 422 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 18% of students at Henderson Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $3,600 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Henderson Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,978 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

PJ's College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green

Bowling Green, Kentucky
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
190 Yearly Degrees

There are 262 students at PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green in total, 232 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1.

Approximately 100% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $9,006 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $16,682 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#24

Morehead State University

Morehead, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
143 Yearly Degrees
$9,462 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Morehead State University is 9,304, of which 8,618 students are undergraduates and of those, 5,299 are full-time. It takes the average Morehead State University undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 77%. Of the accepted students, 32% are men and 68% are women.

Approximately 58% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,034 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Morehead State University is $32,395.

#25

Murray State University

Murray, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
129 Yearly Degrees
$9,252 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,863 undergraduates at Murray State, of which 6,149 are full-time, and there are 9,449 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 77%. Of the accepted students, 35% are men and 65% are women.

50% of Murray State students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,706 a year. Murray State has a 6.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Murray State is $33,889.

Other Kentucky Trade Schools

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Galen College of Nursing - Louisville 119
27 Beckfield College - Florence 101
28 Paul Mitchell the School Louisville 98
29 Campbellsville University 96
30 ATA College 93
31 Ross Medical Education Center - Erlanger 85
32 Paul Mitchell the School Lexington 80
33 Medical Career & Technical College 75
34 Summit Salon Academy - Lexington 60
35 Lexington Healing Arts Academy 57
36 Empire Beauty School-Florence 52
37 Ross Medical Education Center-Bowling Green 50
38 Empire Beauty School-Elizabethtown 46
39 Ross College-Hopkinsville 45
40 University of the Cumberlands 44
41 Employment Solutions-College for Technical Education 41
42 Spalding University 36
43 Empire Beauty School-Dixie 35
44 American College of Barbering 34
45 University of Louisville 33
45 Empire Beauty School-Chenoweth 33
47 Brighton Center’s Center for Employment Training 32
48 Bellarmine University 29
49 Appalachian Beauty School 24
49 Lindsey Institute of Cosmetology 24
51 Ross Medical Education Center - Owensboro 20
51 Georgetown College 20
53 PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Glasgow 18
54 Barrett and Company School of Hair Design 16
55 Union College Kentucky 15
55 Berea College 15
57 Interactive College of Technology - Newport 14
58 Ideal Beauty Academy 13
59 Jenny Lea Academy of Cosmetology 12
60 Midway University 11
60 Brescia University 11
60 American National University - Lexington 11
63 Daymar College - Bowling Green 10
63 Tri-State Barber College 10
63 Regina Webb Academy 10
66 Kentucky Wesleyan College 4
67 Thomas More University 2
68 South Eastern Beauty Academy 0
68 Asbury University 0

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