Kentucky Reciprocity and Metropolitan Rates for Tuition Purposes

Depending upon your residential county in Kentucky—and the program in which you are enrolled—there are four rates available to Kentucky residents:


Kentucky Metropolitan Rate

University of Cincinnati students currently living in Kentucky are eligible to attend UC at an established metropolitan tuition rate.

Policy Exceptions

The undergraduate Industrial Design program in the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) is excluded from the Kentucky Metropolitan Rate.

All graduate programs within the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning are excluded from the Kentucky Metropolitan Rate, but these students should see the Kentucky County Metropolitan Rate below.

The College of Medicine graduate program in Genetic Counseling is excluded from the Kentucky Metropolitan Rate.

Note: Questions regarding DAAP–eligible programs should be directed to the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Questions reguarding CoM–eligible programs should be directed to the College of Medicine.

Dependent Students

Dependent students who move to Ohio must continue to be a dependent of a Kentucky resident in order to continue receiving the Metropolitan rate.

Independent Students

Independent students who move to Ohio are no longer eligible for the Kentucky Metropolitan rate and will have to meet the residency guidelines established by State of Ohio Law and Ohio Department of Education.

(Graduate students at the College of Design, Architecture, Arts and Planning, please see Kentucky County Metro Rate below)

Students approved for the Kentucky Metropolitan Rate who relocate to a residence outside of Kentucky are subject to the assessment of out-of state tuition rates.

Kentucky Metropolitan Rate Surcharge

Undergraduate Students

For undergraduate programs, the metropolitan rate is the Ohio in-state tuition rate plus $25.00 per credit hour each semester up to a maximum of a $300 surcharge (12 to 18 hours per semester).

Graduate Students

For graduate programs, the metropolitan rate is the Ohio in-state tuition rate plus $25.00 per credit hour each semester up to a maximum of a $250 surcharge (10 to 18 hours per semester).

Law (JD) Students

For full–time Law (JD) students, the metropolitan rate is the Ohio in–state tuition rate plus $300 per semester (up to 18 credit hours per semester).

Pharmacy (PharmD) Students

For Pharmacy (PharmD) students, the metropolitan rate is the Ohio in–state tuition rate plus $2,415 per semester (up to 18 credit hours per semester.

Medicine (MD) Students

For full–time Medicine (MD) students, the metropolitan rate is the Ohio in–state tuition plus $300 per semester (up to 24 credit hours per semester).

Please note: Once approved, the Kentucky Metropolitan Rate is reflected as a Non-Resident Surcharge on the student's term bill.

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 Kentucky metro rate.


Kentucky Reciprocity for Selected Counties

Residents of eight northern counties in the State of Kentucky—who have remained in consecutive domicile for 12 months within these eight counties—who are matriculated in specific University of Cincinnati programs are eligible to enroll at UC under Ohio–resident tuition rates.

Students residing in an eligible Kentucky county must initiate the reciprocity eligibility review process by submitting the Kentucky Reciprocity Application.

Kentucky Counties Included in the Kentucky and Ohio Reciprocity Agreement

  • Boone
  • Bracken
  • Campbell
  • Carroll
  • Gallatin
  • Grant
  • Kenton
  • Pendleton

Eligible UC Colleges and Programs

Clermont College

All degree programs

Lindner College of Business

Honors Plus program only

College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning

Baccalaureate programs in:

  • Architecture
  • Horticulture
  • Interior Design
  • Urban Planning
  • Fashion Design
  • Industrial Design
College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Freshman Engineering Program (FEP)
  • Engineering and Applied Science Entrance (EASE) program
  • All associate degree programs
  • All undergraduate baccalaureate programs except for the programs listed under "Exclusions"
Exclusions
  • Architectural Engineering Technology
  • Computer Engineering Technology
  • Construction Management
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Fire Science
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
UC Blue Ash College

All degree programs

Dependent Students

Dependent students who move to Ohio must continue to be a dependent of a Kentucky resident in order to continue receiving the reciprocity rate.

Independent Students

Independent students who move to Ohio are no longer eligible for the Kentucky recipocity rate and will have to meet the residency guidelines established by State of Ohio Law and Ohio Department of Education.

Students approved for the Kentucky Reciprocity Rate who relocate to a residence outside of Kentucky are subject to the assessment of out-of state tuition rates.


Kentucky Reciprocity for Maysville Community College Students from Select Counties Who Are Enrolled In UC Clermont College Degree Programs

A reciprocity agreement also exists between the State of Kentucky's Maysville Community College and University of Cincinnati Clermont College. Under this agreement, residents of the following Kentucky counties—who have remained in consecutive domicile for 12 months within these four counties—are eligible to enroll at University of Cincinnati Clermont College for UC Clermont College programs Ohio Resident Tuition Rates.

Students residing in an eligible Kentucky county must initiate the reciprocity eligibility review process by submitting the Kentucky Reciprocity for Maysville Community College Students Application.

Eligible Kentucky Counties

  • Bracken
  • Lewis
  • Mason
  • Robertson

Policy Exceptions

Currently no UC Clermont College programs are excluded under this agreement. The term "program" may mean a workshop, a certificate program or an associate degree, but the "program" must be a workshop, certificate or degree offered by UC Clermont College. This agreement does not extend to any other programs offered at other campuses of the University of Cincinnati

Students approved for the Kentucky Reciprocity for Maysville Community College Students Rate who relocate to a residence outside of Kentucky are subject to the assessment of out-of state tuition rates.


Kentucky County Metropolitan Rate

The Kentucky County Metropolitan Rate is applicable only to graduate-level programs at the College of Design, Architecture, Arts and Planning.

Residents of the Following Kentucky Counties Are Eligible for the County Metropolitan Rate

  • Bath
  • Boone
  • Bourbon
  • Boyd
  • Bracken
  • Campbell
  • Carroll
  • Carter
  • Fayette
  • Fleming
  • Franklin
  • Gallatin
  • Grant
  • Greenup
  • Harrison
  • Henry
  • Jefferson
  • Kenton
  • Lewis
  • Mason
  • Nicholas
  • Oldham
  • Owen
  • Pendleton
  • Robertson
  • Rowan
  • Scott
  • Shelby
  • Trimble

Dependent Students

Dependent students who move to Ohio must continue to be a dependent of a Kentucky resident who lives in an eligible county in order to continue receiving the Kentucky County Metropolitan rate.

Independent Students

Independent students who move to Ohio are no longer eligible for the Kentucky County Metropolitan rate and will have to meet the residency guidelines established by State of Ohio Law and Ohio Department of Education.

Students approved for the Kentucky County Metropolitan Rate who relocate to a residence outside of Kentucky are subject to the assessment of out-of state tuition rates.

Kentucky County Metropolitan Rate Surcharge

Full–Time Student Rate

The graduate metropolitan rate equals Ohio in–state tuition plus $250 per semester for full–time students (up to 18 credit hours per semester).

Part–Time Student and Overload Rate

The metropolitan rate for part–time students and overload credit hours is in–state tuition plus $25 per graduate credit hour.

Please note: Once approved, the Kentucky County Metropolitan Rate is reflected as a Non-Resident Surcharge on the student's term bill.

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 metropolitan rate.