Tuition and Mandatory Fees

Two key adjustments enhance student access and affordability for Fiscal Year 2020-21

Guided by a core principle of student access and affordability, the University of Kentucky announced two important changes regarding price for Fiscal Year 2020-21:

  1. In June, the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approved tuition and mandatory fee rates for the 2020-21 Academic Year. The approved rates represent the lowest annual tuition and fee percentage increase in over 35 years. Full-time rates for both undergraduate and graduate students reflect only a one percent increase for resident students and a two percent increase for non-resident students. The Undergraduate Online Learning Rate, established Fall 2019, increased by one percent.
  2. A subsequent presidential decision authorized a change to assessment policies for the Fall 2020 semester. The University of Kentucky will cap tuition and mandatory fees for all full-time undergraduate students regardless of how many in-person or online classes a student takes. While campus plans call for a return to face-to-face instruction for fall, this pricing decision extends a commitment to access and affordability. It allows students the option to explore online, alternative or hybrid learning formats while continuing to navigate the Covid-19 global health pandemic. Without the cap, the result for many undergraduate students may have been higher tuition and fees than they would have incurred with more in-person options.

Specifically, for this upcoming semester, tuition and mandatory fees will cap at $6,242 for full-time undergraduate resident students and at $15,647 for full-time non-resident students, regardless of how many courses a student takes in-person, online or hybrid (combination of both). To learn more about the Fall 2020 price cap, please visit:

Tuition and Mandatory Fee Rates

Full-time rates for undergraduate students reflect only a one percent increase for resident students and a two percent increase for non-resident students. This results in a modest per semester increase of $62 for resident students and $307 for non-resident students over the previous year.

The Undergraduate Online Learning Rate also increased by one percent. The Online Learning Rate is the same for resident and non-resident students and is typically assessed for all online courses, regardless of the number of courses a student takes.

Graduate full-time tuition and mandatory fee rates also increased by one and two percent, respectively for resident and non-resident students.

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