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Tuition and Fees 2021-22

Although navigating and understanding the costs associated with higher education can be a challenge, we have simplified the process to help you understand your charges.  If you have any questions, please contact us at or 859-622-1232.

Please click on the appropriate link below to find out charges for your student level.




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Tuition and Fee FAQ

The tuition & fees are determined by University Administration and approved by the Board of Regents. This is not something our office can alter or override.

What is the Special Use Fee?

Whether you are just beginning your journey with us or a returning student, our pledge is to provide you with not only a world-class education but also the best possible college experience outside our classrooms and laboratories – one that makes your short time with us memorable and positively shapes you and your future in every imaginable way.

In order to do that, we need an environment and facilities that equal the high quality of our academic programs and faculty and match the level of our commitment to your academic success and personal growth.

As you probably know, the University is in the midst of a campus-wide revitalization, a comprehensive renewal that will transform the way we learn, live and work together and even change the way others perceive us. You see evidence of that everywhere you turn – for example, construction of Phase 2 of our New Science Building and the numerous landscaping projects designed to enhance our curb appeal. Not only are your best interests at the heart of all these improvements; you are playing an active part in some of them.

In spring 2015, the EKU Student Senate approved (and the Board of Regents and Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education ratified) a fixed special-use fee of $150 per semester that will go toward improving, renovating and/or constructing student-centered facilities. Two projects have been constructed and funded with these fees: a new, much larger recreation and wellness center and a renovated student union facility. Because these are student facilities funded with student dollars, you will have a voice in determining the features that best serve you and your fellow classmates. For more details about these and other projects and plans, follow @EKU Builds on Twitter or at

This special-use fee is applied to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students and pro-rated for all part-time students based on number of credit hours. Part-time undergraduates will be assessed $12.50 per credit hour; part-time graduate students will pay at a rate of $16.67 per credit hour. The fee is applied regardless of where or how you take your classes, so our online and regional campus students are sharing equally in the cost. In the interest of fairness, no appeals or exemptions from the fee assessment will be considered.

What is the Asset Preservation Fee?

Beginning with the fall 2018 semester, Eastern Kentucky University is implementing an Asset Preservation Fee. This fee, approved by the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education (CPE) in February, 2018; and also by the EKU Board of Regents in June, 2018, is $10 per credit hour and is capped at $150 per semester. The fee applies to all credit hours, excluding online and dual-credit hours. Funds generated by the Asset Preservation Fee are restricted for University Education & General (E&G)-funded capital asset preservation and renovation projects. Funds will be used only to provide for much-needed maintenance and preservation of instructional, operational and common-use areas on campus and will not be used for new building projects or other new initiatives. The overarching purpose for the Asset Preservation Fee is to aid the University in being the best steward of the facilities and spaces already on our campus. Project priorities will be established by University Administration and will be reviewed and approved by the EKU Board of Regents prior to expenditure.

What is the Eastern Experience Fee?

To support our commitment to provide a vibrant and healthy campus environment post-pandemic, the Eastern Experience Fee (formerly known as the Campus Recreation Fee) of $75 per semester will be implemented.

The Eastern Experience Fee is charged to all students registered in 5 or more hours on the Richmond Campus.

What is the Student Health Fee?

To support our commitment to provide a vibrant and healthy campus environment post-pandemic, a $125 per semester Student Health Fee, required by many peer institutions, will be assessed beginning in the 2021-22 academic year. The Student Health Fee will support, sustain, and enhance services for both the office of Student Health Services and the Counseling Center.

The Student Health Fee is charged to all Full-Time students (Undergraduate & Graduate) enrolled in at least one on-campus course.

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