Analysis: Kentucky residents pay up to 31 percent less to attend Division I schools than peers in other states

Kentucky residents pay up to 31 percent less to attend a Horizon League school and up to 27.5 percent less to attend an Ohio Valley Conference school than their counterparts in other states, according to a Higher Education Tribune’s analysis of in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in 10 Midwest states. 

The Tribune compared in-state tuition at 115 schools. Seventy-nine are competitors in 10 athletic conferences, including five Division I schools, five Division II schools and one Division III school. Kentucky has schools in two of those conferences.

How does Kentucky's in-state tuition compare by athletic conference? Kentucky residents pay…

  • $4,280, or 31.3 percent, less to attend Northern Kentucky University in the Horizon League than Illinois residents pay to attend the University of Illinois-Chicago in the same league.
  • $3,180, or 27.5 percent, less to attend Murray State University in the Ohio Valley Conference than Illinois residents pay to attend Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in the same league.

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Horizon League

The Horizon League is a Division I conference that includes 10 members. The analysis includes nine of those schools.

SchoolStateEnrollment2016-17 Tuition
University of Illinois-ChicagoIllinois17,959$13,664
Oakland UniversityMichigan16,568$12,064
Cleveland State UniversityOhio12,352$9,768
University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeWisconsin20,968$9,493
Northern Kentucky UniversityKentucky12,380$9,384
Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ.-IndianapolisIndiana21,748$9,205
Wright State UniversityOhio12,504$8,730
Youngstown State UniversityOhio11,283
$8,317
University of Wisconsin-Green BayWisconsin6,757$7,878

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Ohio Valley Conference

The Ohio Valley Conference is a Division I conference with 12 members. The analysis includes six of those schools.

SchoolStateEnrollment2016-17 Tuition
Southern Illinois Univ.- EdwardsvilleIllinois11,720$11,008
Eastern Illinois UniversityIllinois5,957$11,580
Eastern Kentucky UniversityKentucky14,293$8,868
Morehead State UniversityKentucky9,752$8,496
Murray State UniversityKentucky8,877$8,400
Southeast Missouri State UniversityMissouri10,693$6,990

Source for all: U.S. Department of Education

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