# 2022 best colleges in Kentucky

Read more**Net cost**: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

**Earnings**: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

**Payback**: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

**Earnings plus**: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state.

**Rankings**: The ranking order is based on the economic score. The economic score is calculated using a school’s payback and earnings*plus *performance.

#### Berea College

Berea, Kentucky

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $5,986

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $11,318

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, Kentucky

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $1,674

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Thomas More University

Crestview Hills, Kentucky

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $12,426

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Centre College

Danville, Kentucky

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $14,836

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $6,735

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Bellarmine University

Louisville, Kentucky

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $9,172

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Murray State University

Murray, Kentucky

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $1,246

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Georgetown College

Georgetown, Kentucky

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $2,557

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $3,872

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Transylvania University

Lexington, Kentucky

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $6,854

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, Kentucky

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $2,640

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, Kentucky

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $1,634

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Spalding University

Louisville, Kentucky

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $3,948

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Morehead State University

Morehead, Kentucky

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $5,654

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of Pikeville

Pikeville, Kentucky

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $1,674

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Asbury University

Wilmore, Kentucky

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $1,788

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Midway University

Midway, Kentucky

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $4,846

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Lindsey Wilson College

Columbia, Kentucky

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $10,230

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Kentucky State University

Frankfort, Kentucky

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $8,423

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.