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University of Kentucky tuition has gone up… again.

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Those sending their children to the University of Kentucky will have to open up their checkbook just a tad bit wider this year.

The school is set to announce a 2.5 percent tuition increase for the 2018-19 school year, the smallest jump in the last ten years. The price for undergraduate students will reach just above $12,000 a year, though the total cost of attendance (tuition, housing, books, and food) for in-state undergraduates is expected to be $30,100.

Out-of-state tuition will see a 3.8 percent jump, bringing the cost to roughly $29,000.

It will be officially confirmed by the UK Board of Trustees at a meeting on June 22.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, tuition has jumped 105 percent since 2005 to compensate for $70 million in state funding cuts in the past decade.

On the bright side, UK has announced an end to the $14-per-year mandatory athletic fee with the help of an $800,000 spike UK Athletics has seen in generated ticket revenue.

Now, mandatory student fees for next fall will be only $681.50.

For more on the tuition prices, take a look here.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

24 Comments for University of Kentucky tuition has gone up… again.

  1. KYcats11
    8:11 pm June 11, 2018 Permalink


    • Rembrandt
      8:15 pm June 11, 2018 Permalink

      So, you think it is “ridiculous” that UK’s tuition is going to get a bump? Are you aware that just about every university’s tuition is going up, that UK is engaged in a robust capital construction progran, and that UK is one of the cheapest land grant colleges to attend in the country?

    • Alex90
      9:21 pm June 11, 2018 Permalink

      I think we found the UofK presidents burner account

    • ukkatzfan
      9:24 pm June 11, 2018 Permalink

      Alex90, hahahahaha. Maybe Mitch been taking lessons from Colangelo. I bet Rembrandt likes checkerboards.

    • KYcats11
      11:38 pm June 11, 2018 Permalink

      Lol he’s mad.

  2. eyebleedblue
    8:12 pm June 11, 2018 Permalink

    Government funded pyramid scheme.

    • Rembrandt
      8:20 pm June 11, 2018 Permalink

      Actually, no, it isn’t. Do you have any idea what you are talking about? Nationwide, college tuitiins are to high. That much is true. But UK has experienced remarkable success and growth while being one of the cheapest land grant universities in the country. Thw knee jerk habit of many posters here, to reflexively slam UK at every opportunity, shows remarkable ignorance and blind sactimony.

    • Alex90
      9:21 pm June 11, 2018 Permalink

      Rembrant can’t spell tuition

    • ukkatzfan
      9:25 pm June 11, 2018 Permalink

      His thesaurus works better than his book on sentence structure also. That last sentence is a joke.

    • Booby Petrino
      9:55 pm June 11, 2018 Permalink

      Sactimony sounds like something that’s going on at UofL

    • unbridled
      10:57 pm June 11, 2018 Permalink

      Rembrandt, if you fail to realize that the government has over inflated the price of college tuition… are an ostrich with your head in the sand. You literally would be economically illiterate.

    • CatstopWontstop
      9:20 am June 12, 2018 Permalink

      Word is that Rembrandt is a Russian bot. I don’t know if it’s true, but many people are saying it.

  3. deazysUK
    8:20 pm June 11, 2018 Permalink


  4. Batsell
    9:23 pm June 11, 2018 Permalink

    Rembrandt, check your spelling before you talk about everyone else that has an opinion that differs from yours as being ignorant. WOW!

    • Alex90
      9:41 pm June 11, 2018 Permalink

      Liberal 101

  5. ClutchCargo
    1:02 am June 12, 2018 Permalink

    Rembrandt, just stop. Capital construction has zero to do with tuition. And UK isn’t even the cheapest land grant university in the state.

  6. KentuckyVSEveryone
    5:32 am June 12, 2018 Permalink

    105% increase in 13 years! Yikes!!! Not to mention that every day that passes a bachelors degree is basically being treated like a high school diploma! Seems like you need a masters to get ahead in the world today, so let’s not forget about Grad School $$$$…

  7. satcheluk
    5:59 am June 12, 2018 Permalink

    Time to vote out the legislature and put in folks who will properly fund education. UK is twice as expensive as the University of Tokyo, and Ivy League comparable education. Very soon, only the wealthy will be able to attend college. Today, the avg 4 year public university costs $16k in the US and that will costs kids being born today about $225k for 4 years in 2036. That’s more than my first house cost. Fiscal conservatism does not include saddling our youth with school loans like this. This will be a huge drain on economic growth in the future, as these young folks will not be able to buy homes with huge student debt.

  8. nicky
    7:13 am June 12, 2018 Permalink

    Cut the free flow of student loans and these tuitions will collapse

  9. 3 fan
    8:42 am June 12, 2018 Permalink

    Hasn’t UK’s total number of students also dropped? EKU is 1/2 the price and if you are going to stay in Ky the difference in a degree from UK and degree from EKU isn’t much.

    • shelby
      4:41 pm June 12, 2018 Permalink

      3fan, i’d say there is NO difference. I think WKU is a lot cheaper too.

  10. My Dixie Wrecked
    9:21 am June 12, 2018 Permalink

    That’s a lot of money for a school that’s ranked #133 on the US News College Rankings.

  11. CatstopWontstop
    9:30 am June 12, 2018 Permalink

    Kentucky (and every other SEC school) received $41,000,000 in shared revenue in 2016-2017. Add that to the $12,000 per year for about 30,000 enrolled students and that is $401,000,000 annually. This isn’t even counting the money the university makes from housing, government funding/grants and other sources of revenue.

    I’m sure it’s expensive to run a major state University like UK, but my goodness that’s a lot of money.

  12. shelby
    4:40 pm June 12, 2018 Permalink

    That’s probably about 65% of the median household income in the state. How does the average family get their kids to college??? Personally, i think most college degrees are worthless; unless ur gonna be a dr, lawyer, etc… learn a skill or join the military. My bachelors degree was free due to military