Best Value Colleges in Kentucky

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31Campbellsville University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($81,400)
Total 4 Year Cost$137,000
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,700
32Alice Lloyd College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($95,100)
Total 4 Year Cost$88,900
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$16,300
33Pikeville College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($118,900)
Total 4 Year Cost$135,000
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,000

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

From natural caves to producing the majority of the world's bourbon, Kentucky has a lot to offer anyone who wants to spend the next four years here getting their education. The state is home to a huge park system that includes one National Park, two National Recreation Areas, two Natural History parks and 45 state parks. The cost of living in Kentucky is cheaper than the national average, and you can save yourself some additional money by picking a college that's going to stretch your dollar the furthest. Use PayScale's College ROI report as a guide to finding out which schools in Kentucky have the highest 20-year net ROI, which is the amount of money you earn 20 years after you graduate.

Thomas More College, a private school, has a small enrollment of around 1,900 students, which means smaller class sizes and more one-on-one time with your instructor.

If attending a small liberal arts school isn't what you had in mind, consider attending the University of Kentucky. There are around 22,000 undergraduates who call KU home. When not in class, students enjoy living in the horse capital of the world -- aka Lexington. But Lexington is more than just horses. It's one of the cleanest cities in America, and it's home to plenty of entertainment. Especially in the summer months.

Northern Kentucky University is also a worthwhile option to consider. Compared to UK, NKU has a smaller enrollment, at 16,000 students. Even so, NKU still offers the tradition aspects of a large college, including athletics and a Greek life system. Popular majors at NKU include journalism, business, and government.