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Kentucky has over 106 post-secondary institutions, of which 33 offer online programs. Of these accredited online colleges, six are public four-year colleges or universities and nine are public community or technical colleges and 18 are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. 385 online certificate programs, 2,441 online associates programs, 3,492 online bachelors programs, 1,345 online masters programs, 1,616 online professional programs, and 271 online doctoral programs are offered at these schools. These programs offer students courses in subjects such as animation, computer programming, and legal assisting.
Of the online colleges in Kentucky, Western Kentucky University offers the most number of programs online. It is a 4-year research university. The school offers 63 online programs. These programs are offered in the following areas:
- Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science
- Advanced Nursing
- Business Administration
- Business Management
- Construction Management
- Criminal Justice
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
- Game Design
- Health Information
- Healthcare Management
- Homeland Security
- Human Resources
- Human Services
Tuition for online college courses varies based on factors including the type and location of the institution as well as the program. Public four-year colleges and universities in Kentucky charged students an average of $7,293 per year. On average, tuition at public community and technical colleges was $3,120 per year. Tuition for students at private accredited online colleges ranged from $9,480 to $27,640 per year.
College students in Kentucky received an estimated $15,320,342,539 worth of financial aid each year to help offset tuition. Around 46.16% of this aid was in the form of scholarships and grants. The remainder was in the form of loans that had to be paid back. About 64.87% of the scholarships and grants were in institutional grants. In 2010, the accredited Kentucky online colleges gave their students $4,947,716,485 in institutional scholarships and grants.
Job and Careers
Based on the total gross state product for Kentucky, which was $159.593 billion in 2010, Kentucky has the 24th weakest economy amongst the states in the nation.
The state has about 1,716,060 workers employed in the state. The three biggest industries in the state are:
- Retail trade
- Arts and entertainment
Kentucky’s retail trade industry employs an estimated 12% of all Kentucky employees. Another 2% are employed in Kentucky’s information industry. Also, Kentucky’s arts and entertainment industry employs an estimated 8% of the total number of Kentucky employees.
The average wage in Kentucky is less than the national average. Employees in Kentucky earn an average annual income of $37,970 while the national average annual income is $42,871. The highest paid workers in the state earn over $66,080 annually, while the lowest paid workers earn under $16,740 annually. The median annual income for employees is roughly $30,090. The highest paid employees are anesthesiologists who can make up to $241,510 per annum, while the lowest paid employees in the state are fast food cooks who can make as little as $17,150 per year. Across the US, anesthesiologists earn an average annual salary of $220,100. On the other hand, fast food cooks around the US earn $18,540 per year on average.
Located in the Ohio Valley region of the United States, Kentucky was named from the Iroquoian word “Ken-tah-ten” meaning “land of tomorrow”. The state, which has an area of 40,408 square miles, is the 15th smallest in the US. The average annual temperature in the state is approximately 55°F.
The population of Kentucky is the 26th smallest in the US. The state has 119 counties and 4,339,367 residents living in these counties. About 40% of Kentucky’s population is under the age of 30. With approximately 14% of its population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group, the state has one of the least diverse populations in the US.
Although Kentucky’s capital city is Frankfort, the largest city in the state is Louisville, with a population of 597,337 residents. Approximately 7.26% of the state’s residents live in the Louisville metropolitan area. Other large cities in the state include Lexington, Bowling Green, Owensboro, and Covington.
Kentucky residents normally have a higher than average level of education as compared to those around the US. According to the 2010 Census, an estimated 23% of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have completed high school, 4.2% have at least an associates degree, 3.1% have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1% hold a graduate level degree.