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72 Colleges
25,912 Yearly Graduations
$54,315 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$24,429 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Kentucky ranked #10 in the nation for trade school degrees handed out in 2019. Around 25,912 students received some type of diploma that year. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in Kentucky is $13,579 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $19,855 a year.

An estimated 58% of college students in Kentucky take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,107 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

Public Public vs. Private
2,408 Yearly Degrees
$4,448 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Bluegrass Community and Technical College is 10,143, which includes 4,553 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 28% of students at Bluegrass Community and Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,417 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Bluegrass Community and Technical College is $23,800.

Public Public vs. Private
2,324 Yearly Degrees
$4,448 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,763 students at Gateway in total, 1,271 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

29% of Gateway students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,221 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Gateway with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
2,124 Yearly Degrees
$4,448 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,060 full-time undergraduates at Jefferson Community and Technical College, and 12,560 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

Roughly 21% of students at Jefferson Community and Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,525 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,900 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
2,046 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at West Kentucky Community and Technical College is 6,327, which includes 2,074 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 11% of students at West Kentucky Community and Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,019 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.3% 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 $22,900.

#5

Somerset Community College

Somerset, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
1,701 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Somerset Community College is 5,644, which includes 2,205 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Roughly 27% of students at SCC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,189 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from SCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $20,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
1,631 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is 6,648, which includes 2,254 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

Approximately 20% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,885 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Elizabethtown Community and Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
1,399 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Owensboro Community and Technical College is 4,004, which includes 1,622 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 17% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $3,877 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,400 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
1,365 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,304 students at SKYCTC in total, 1,785 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

23% of SKYCTC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,775 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from SKYCTC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
1,349 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Maysville Community and Technical College is 3,889, which includes 1,349 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 30% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,488 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 23.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $21,600 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
1,274 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Ashland Community and Technical College is 2,598, which includes 1,295 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 36% of students at ACTC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,018 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 26.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $22,800 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
971 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,051 full-time undergraduates at Hazard Community and Technical College, and 3,245 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 21% of students at Hazard Community and Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,589 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 28.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $20,200 during the early-career years.

#12

Madisonville Community College

Madisonville, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
930 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,019 full-time undergraduates at Madisonville Community College, and 3,737 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

18% of Madisonville Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,039 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Madisonville Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

Prestonsburg, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
812 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Big Sandy Community and Technical College is 2,718, which includes 1,634 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Roughly 26% of students at Big Sandy Community and Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,474 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 23.7% 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 $21,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Hopkinsville Community College

Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
752 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 921 full-time undergraduates at Hopkinsville Community College, and 2,655 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

16% of Hopkinsville Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $3,909 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Hopkinsville Community College is $22,600.

Public Public vs. Private
606 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College is 3,503, which includes 1,264 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 24% of students at Southeast take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,517 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 28.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $19,100 during the early-career years.

#16

Sullivan University

Louisville, Kentucky
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
392 Yearly Degrees
$12,870 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Sullivan University is 3,318, of which 2,624 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,636 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 84% of students at Sullivan University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $9,724 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Sullivan University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#17

MedQuest College

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

The total student population at MedQuest College is 410, which includes 410 full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at MedQuest College. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

Approximately 86% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,627 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%.

#18

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
302 Yearly Degrees
$9,876 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,662 undergraduates at Eastern, of which 9,908 are full-time, and there are 14,980 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Eastern is 4.9 years.

Around 87% of students who apply get accepted. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

62% of Eastern students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,730 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.2% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Eastern is $29,800.

#19

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
287 Yearly Degrees
$10,802 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Western Kentucky University is 18,171, of which 15,895 students are undergraduates and of those, 11,815 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at WKU is 4.5 years.

Around 95% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

Approximately 57% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,901 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.2% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,200 during the early-career years.

#20

Murray State University

Murray, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
272 Yearly Degrees
$9,174 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,139 undergraduates at Murray State, of which 6,190 are full-time, and there are 9,556 students altogether. It takes the average Murray State undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

Around 87% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

Roughly 57% of students at Murray State take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $8,696 a year. Murray State has a 8.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Murray State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
220 Yearly Degrees
$10,296 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 15,664 students at NKU in total, 11,868 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 8,243 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at NKU is 4.8 years.

Around 90% of students who apply get accepted. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

Approximately 58% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,480 a year. NKU has a 6.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $32,800 during the early-career years.

#21

Morehead State University

Morehead, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
220 Yearly Degrees
$9,290 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,958 undergraduates at Morehead State University, of which 5,393 are full-time, and there are 9,654 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

About 80% of students who apply get accepted. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

Roughly 68% of students at Morehead State University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,096 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.7% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Morehead State University is $27,200.

#23

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
164 Yearly Degrees
$12,360 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Kentucky is 29,402, of which 22,236 students are undergraduates and of those, 20,622 are full-time. It takes the average UK undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

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

Roughly 49% of students at UK take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $8,661 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from UK with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#24

Henderson Community College

Henderson, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
142 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 450 full-time undergraduates at Henderson Community College, and 1,608 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 13% of students at Henderson Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $3,754 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.1% 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 $24,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

PJ's College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green

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

There are 281 students at PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green in total, 258 are full-time undergraduates. PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green has a freshman retention rate of 94%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

96% of PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,919 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.2% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green is $14,300.

Other Kentucky Trade Schools

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 ATA College 128
27 Galen College of Nursing - Louisville 117
28 Paul Mitchell the School Lexington 98
29 American National University - Lexington 83
30 Paul Mitchell the School Louisville 77
31 Beckfield College - Florence 72
32 Ross Medical Education Center - Erlanger 68
33 Medical Career & Technical College 65
34 Employment Solutions-College for Technical Education 64
35 Summit Salon Academy - Lexington 61
36 Ross Medical Education Center - Owensboro 52
37 Ross College-Hopkinsville 51
38 Lexington Healing Arts Academy 48
39 American College of Barbering 46
40 Empire Beauty School-Dixie 45
41 Brighton Center’s Center for Employment Training 42
42 Spalding University 39
43 Empire Beauty School-Hurstborne 36
44 Empire Beauty School-Elizabethtown 34
45 Barrett and Company School of Hair Design 33
45 Empire Beauty School-Florence 33
47 Union College Kentucky 32
48 Empire Beauty School-Chenoweth 30
48 Daymar College - Bowling Green 30
50 University of Louisville 28
51 Appalachian Beauty School 27
52 Lindsey Institute of Cosmetology 26
53 Midway University 24
53 Georgetown College 24
53 Ideal Beauty Academy 24
56 Trend Setters’ Academy of Beauty Culture-Louisville 22
57 Trend Setters’ Academy of Beauty Culture-Louisville 21
58 Bellarmine University 20
58 PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Glasgow 20
60 University of the Cumberlands 19
60 Interactive College of Technology - Newport 19
62 Jenny Lea Academy of Cosmetology 18
63 Berea College 15
64 Tri-State Barber College 13
64 Kentucky Wesleyan College 13
64 Regina Webb Academy 13
67 Trend Setters’ Academy of Beauty Culture-Elizabethtown 12
68 Brescia University 9
68 South Eastern Beauty Academy 9
70 Thomas More College 8
71 Campbellsville University 7
72 Asbury University 0

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