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Graduate Metropolitan Rate

University of Cincinnati students in graduate and professional degree programs and living in several nearby Kentucky counties are able to attend UC at an established metropolitan tuition rate.  Graduate non-matriculated students are not eligible.

  • The graduate metropolitan rate equals Ohio in-state tuition plus $150 per semester for full-time graduate students (up to 18 credit hours per semester);
  • Ohio in-state tuition plus $2,250 per semester for Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) students (up to 18 credit hours per semester);
  • Ohio in-state tuition plus $180 per semester for full-time Law (JD) students (up to 18 credit hours per semester); and
  • Ohio in-state tuition plus $180 per semester for full-time Medicine (MD) students (up to 24 credit hours per semester). 
  • The metropolitan rate for part-time graduate students and overload credit hours is in-state tuition plus $15 per graduate credit hour and in-state tuition plus $225 per credit hour for Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) students.

Important Note: Because students present in the United States on temporary status (including F-1 and J-1 visa holders) are prevented, by their temporary status, from meeting the legal requirement to establish Kentucky residency, these students are not eligible for the graduate metropolitan rate. 

UC graduate students residing in an eligible Kentucky county must initiate the metropolitan rate review process by submitting the "Graduate Metropolitan Rate Application” and the required documents.  

Residents of the following list of Kentucky counties are eligible for the metropolitan tuition rate:

Bath

Campbell

Franklin

Henry

Nicholas

Rowan

Boone

Carroll

Gallatin

Jefferson

Oldham

Scott

Bourbon

Carter

Grant

Kenton

Owen

Shelby

Boyd

Fayette

Greenup

Lewis

Pendleton

Trimble

Bracken

Fleming

Harrison

Mason

Robertson


If you are financially independent, you must submit two (2) documents establishing that you are a legal and physical resident of an eligible Kentucky county. 
  • A valid Kentucky driver's license or state I.D.
  • Current housing lease or property deed
  • Your most recent state income tax return
If you are the financial dependent of a parent/legal guardian who is a resident of an eligible Kentucky county, you must submit:
  • A valid Kentucky driver's license or state I.D.
  • A valid Kentucky driver’s license for your parent/legal guardian
  • Your parent/legal guardian’s most recent tax forms listing you as dependent
The Registrar’s Office may require additional documentation prior to making a determination regarding your metropolitan rate eligibility.

Graduate Metropolitan Rate Application

The application form and supporting documents should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the start of the term for which you are enrolling but no later than the first day of classes for that term.  

Documentation received after the start of the term will be processed for the following term. 

Students approved for the graduate metropolitan rate who relocate to a residence outside of the approved counties are subject to the assessment of out-of state tuition rates.