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Guide to Online Colleges in Kentucky

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You can benefit from an online college in Kentucky wherever you live in the Bluegrass State — Frankfort or Louisville, near Bowling Green, or in the Appalachian region. Earning a degree from an online college can give you the skills needed to qualify for higher-paying jobs. Plus, the flexible format of distance education can allow you to continue working and tending to other responsibilities while taking classes when it is convenient for your schedule.

Here's a brief overview of online colleges in Kentucky:

  • 53 schools in Kentucky offer online associate, bachelor's, and/or master's degree programs.
  • Degrees can be earned at more than a dozen faith-based online colleges in Kentucky.
  • The most online degree programs are available at Western Kentucky University, Sullivan University, and University of the Cumberlands.
  • Online technical and associate degree programs are available at 16 colleges, which are part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
  • Program offerings vary from college to college, but business administration, nursing, accounting, and education majors are available at many online colleges in Kentucky.

One way the state aims to grow educational attainment among residents is through the Kentucky Virtual Campus (KYVC). This system was specifically created to expand residents' access to distance education.

Read on to see which schools are the best online colleges in the state. We've also provided information about scholarships and grants administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority or KHEAA.

What Makes a Good Online College?

This page contains multiple rankings of institutions of higher education in the state of Kentucky. Our rankings only list online colleges that have been accredited by an official Kentucky accrediting body, such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. To learn more about accreditation, take a look at our "What is College Accreditation?" page. To learn more about accreditation specifically in the state of Kentucky, visit the Kentucky Board of Education or the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

Students seeking higher education in Kentucky might feel overwhelmed by all the options available to earn a degree, diploma or certificate. That's where our rankings come in. We seek to give online students a clear, concise way to learn the facts about different schools that matter most to them. Some of the data we used included the graduation rate of each institution, how many online programs were offered and the average in-state tuition. Want to know why we chose these factors -- and all the others -- for our rankings? Find out in the "What Makes a Good Online College?" section of our "About Us" page.

Best Online Colleges in Kentucky for 2018-19

There are many different options for distance learners who want to earn a degree online, which can be confusing and counterproductive to actually being able to make a decision. To help narrow down your choices, we have created this list of the 10 best online colleges in Kentucky. Our list was compiled using data gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), analyzed with our proprietary methodology. For more details on how we made this list, see the bottom of the page (and to create your own rankings, try out our Top Colleges Tools).

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1

Eastern Kentucky University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$9,366
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
42%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
45
School Type
4-year

Scenic and storied, Eastern Kentucky University has existed since 1906, when it was founded as a teaching school on the campus of the old Central University. Through EKU Online, online degree programs are available at all degree levels, from associate to doctoral, and cover subjects such as education (of course), police studies and social intelligence. The majority of EKU's online courses have multiple start dates year-round, and are offered in accelerated eight-week terms.

EKU Online offers students access to online tutoring and dedicated online academic advisors, and the Eastern Kentucky University Libraries can deliver needed materials right to your doorstep via UPS courier. Each EKU online student can also receive a full version of Microsoft Office at no additional cost.

2

Midway University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$23,950
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
77%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
25
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1847 to serve orphaned girls and disadvantaged women, Midway University elected to become coeducational in 2016. Since this decision, not only can Kentucky students of all genders and backgrounds benefit from a Midway education, but students from all over the United States can join them through Midway's online degree programs.

Online courses at Midway are offered in an accelerated eight-week format, with five start times each year. Coursework is primarily delivered asynchronously, through the Moodle learning management system. By using the university's Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) program, students can transfer in credit from previous college coursework, military experience or portfolios of work that demonstrate proficiency in certain subjects.

3

Morehead State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$8,950
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
46%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
16
School Type
4-year

On the first day of class for the church-sponsored Morehead Normal School, one single student arrived to learn from the school's single teaching program. What began as a rented cottage being used as a classroom has since evolved into a sprawling public university that boasts an impressive radio telescope system, as well as distance-based classes.

Online bachelor's and online master's degree programs are at the core of MSU's distance learning opportunities, some with the option for additional specializations or endorsements. MSU also has several initiatives designed to assist nontraditional students: the Caudill Fellowship can help students age 65 and older to attend MSU at no cost, and the Project Graduate initiative offers many benefits to returning students who have previously earned more than 80 credit hours.

Accreditation:

  • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Location:

University Boulevard,
Morehead, KY 40351
 
4

Western Kentucky University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$10,202
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
40%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
52
School Type
4-year

Western Kentucky University's Online Learning program hosts online associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs for distance learners, as well as graduate certificate and endorsement programs. The university's online associate degree programs cover subjects including education, interdisciplinary studies and nursing. Meanwhile, their bachelor's degree programs include "2+2" degree plans, designed for students who have completed requirements for associate degrees prior to enrollment.

Distance learners at WKU also have access to such helpful services as the university library, IT help desk, writing and math lab services, tutoring, and presentation and success coaching, all geared toward assisting students' academic and personal success.

5

University of the Cumberlands

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$23,000
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
81%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
51
School Type
4-year

In 1888, a group of Baptist ministers founded the Williamsburg Institute, a college that would go on to acquire Highland College and thereby become the University of the Cumberlands. For many years, students of the university typically came from the Appalachian mountain area, but with the advent of online education, students can attend this institution from all over the world.

U of Cumberlands students have several choices when it comes to online learning. In addition to a variety of online bachelor's and master's degree programs in business, criminal justice, religious studies and more, students may be interested in the multiple online doctoral programs available in fields like education, leadership and psychology (although some of these are hybrid programs that require some degree of on-site study).

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Location:

6191 College Station Drive,
Williamsburg, KY 40769
 
6

Northern Kentucky University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$9,744
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
42%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
24
School Type
4-year

The idea for Northern Kentucky University first began when a group of students were so eager for higher education that they began taking classes from high school teachers at the Trailways Bus Station in Covington, Kentucky. This rallied a group of community members to lobby for a new school to satisfy this educational need, and resulted in the creation of what would become Northern Kentucky University.

Through the Canvas learning management system, online NKU students can attend accelerated online courses year-round, in seven-week-long sessions. NKU's online degree programs can be pursued in fields like business, criminal justice and health care, while the university's special online MBA program (divided into five-week sessions instead of seven-week) allows students to specialize in not one, but two areas.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Location:

Nunn Drive,
Highland Heights, KY 41099
 
7

Murray State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$8,820
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
34%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
24
School Type
4-year

Murray State University, a four-year state-supported school, was founded in 1922 and boasts school colors of navy blue and gold. On-campus and online students alike are able to learn more about happenings at the university and its instructors, speakers and students through the school's Blue & Gold Digital Magazine.

Online students at Murray State can take advantage of many online graduate and undergraduate degree programs, such as an online associate program in general studies, a bachelor's in manufacturing engineering technology and a master's in telecommunications systems management. Certificates and education endorsements are also available, as are non-credit training programs, such as a seven-week-long GRE test prep program.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Location:

218 Wells Hall,
Murray, KY 42071
 
8

Asbury University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$29,500
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
43%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
16
School Type
4-year

A private four-year school that is evangelical but multi-denominational, Asbury University offers different forms of education for the different needs of its students. Through Asbury, students can find high school dual enrollment options, as well as undergraduate, graduate and degree completion programs. Several of these options are online, available in disciplines as varied as leadership and management, social work and instructional design. If they're having difficulties, online students can access the Online Center for help, as well as the resources of Asbury's academic advisors, help desk and library services.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Location:

1 Macklem Drive,
Wilmore, KY 40390
 
9

University of Louisville

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$11,264
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
21%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
16
School Type
4-year

The University of Louisville operated as a municipally-supported school for many decades between its founding in 1813 and its joining Kentucky's university system in 1970. The university boasts a replica of Auguste Rodin's "Thinker" to inspire students who are on campus, and several online courses and programs to support students who are off-campus.

Online education at UofL includes online bachelor's and master's degree programs in subjects such as communications, higher education administration, and social work. Several of these programs feature concentrations that students can use to refine their education. There are also options for competency-based degree programs, as well as certificate and endorsement programs.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Location:

2301 S. 3rd Street,
Louisville, KY 40292
 
10

University of Kentucky

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$11,942
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
24%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
16
School Type
4-year

The school colors at the University of Kentucky are white and royal blue, with the blue chosen to match the color of a varsity football player's tie way back in the 1800s. Distance learning students can discover what it means to "see blue" by enrolling in a UKY online degree program, made available through the university's UKOnline portal and the Canvas learning management system. Whether an online master's in arts administration or a hybrid Bachelor of Health Science in clinical leadership management is sought, students have many choices for distance learning at UKY.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Location:

South Limestone,
Lexington, KY 40506
 

Affordable Online Colleges in Kentucky for 2018

The following list features schools in Kentucky that offer online degree programs at low tuition costs. Tuition figures are sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and reflect in-state tuition (when available) for all students, including online students.

If you'd rather see Kentucky colleges ranked by quality according to factors of your choosing, check out our Top Colleges Tool instead.

  • School Type - 2 Years
  • School Type - 4 Years
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    Ashland Community and Technical College$4,08052%15ashland.kctcs.edu
    Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College$4,08037%14southcentral.kctcs.edu
    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College$4,08044%22elizabethtown.kctcs.edu
    Hazard Community and Technical College$4,08044%21hazard.kctcs.edu
    Henderson Community College$4,08051%8henderson.kctcs.edu
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    Kentucky Mountain Bible College$7,76023%3kmbc.edu
    Kentucky State University$8,18453%4kysu.edu
    Murray State University$8,82034%24murraystate.edu
    Morehead State University$8,95046%16moreheadstate.edu
    Clear Creek Baptist Bible College$9,02076%3ccbbc.edu

Financial Aid Resources in Kentucky

What Grants and Scholarships are Available in Kentucky?

1.Owen Electric Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a full-time junior or senior college student who is either a member of Owen Electric or a child of a member. Minimum 3.0 GPA required.
Award Amount
N/A
Application Deadline
June 16
Renewable
Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
2.Alberta C. Kaufman Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and Kentucky high school seniors with a 3.0 or higher grade point average or Kentucky resident students enrolled in a two or four year institution. Students must complete application and essay.
Award Amount
$500
Application Deadline
May 9
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
3.County Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must rank in top quarter of class.
Award Amount
$3,000
Application Deadline
February 1
Renewable
Renewable if recipient has a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
4.Excellence Award
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a resident of Kentucky with a minimum 3.75 GPA and minimum composite ACT score of 32.
Award Amount
$52,000
Application Deadline
February 1 (priority)
Renewable
Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA and full-time enrollment.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL

Student Loans in Kentucky

The state of Kentucky does not provide students with loans for college, preferring instead to offer assistance through scholarships and grants administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Before acquiring a federal or private loan, students are encouraged to apply for these state-specific awards, as well as other scholarships, grants, work-study programs and tuition waivers for which they are eligible. At that point, if you are still in need of additional funding for college, you can look into federal and private student loan programs. To qualify for federal aid, you will need to fill out the FAFSA and supply information about your family's financial situation.

Get more in-depth information about how to qualify for student loans by checking out the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Kentucky

  • KHEAA Real Cost of College is a resource for Kentucky students to get an idea of how much of their tuition will actually need to be paid by them or their family. Often, the cost is less than families might think. There is also a handy link to a list of Kentucky Schools' Net Price Calculators for students to get an even more specific idea of what they might be expected to pay for their education at their Kentucky school of choice.

Costs for Out-of-State Students in Kentucky

Unlike some states, Kentucky offers a number of options for non-residents to minimize out-of-state tuition costs. While programs can vary by institution, out-of-state students should look for the following:

  • Tuition reciprocity agreements: Kentucky maintains agreements with five border states, and these allow non-resident students to enroll in certain schools at in-state tuition rates.
  • Academic Common Market: Out-of-state students from 15 states may be able to avoid non-resident tuition thanks to the Academic Common Market. This program gives students access to in-state rates in Kentucky if their home state doesn't have their chosen degree program.
  • Scholarships: A number of colleges have scholarships specifically for out-of-state students. For instance, Eastern Kentucky University offers four awards with four-year values ranging from $14,000 to $52,000. Meanwhile, the University of Kentucky has a Legacy Tuition program that offers reduced rates to children of alumni.

And the opportunities to minimize out-of-state tuition don't end there. You could be eligible for in-state tuition if you are a military member, veteran or school employee. Check with your school's admissions office to learn more about what's available to you.

You can also read about the options mentioned above at the following links.

 
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Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1 percent of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using provisional 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools' tuition amounts are based on 2016-17 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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