Kentucky is one of the few states with substantial local appropriations allocated to four-year public institutions. Only three states have more than $100 per FTE in local appropriations: Kansas ($363), Kentucky ($316), and New York ($157).
Kentucky is unique in that it is the only state with local appropriations in the four-year sector but not the two-year sector. In every other state, two-year institutions receive much greater local appropriations than four-year institutions. For example, Kansas and New York have $5,573 and $4,928 in local appropriations for two-year institutions, respectively.
The four-year local appropriations in Kentucky come from counties across the state for the University of Kentucky’s Cooperative Extension services. Local tax appropriations are sent to the university to offset base operating and personnel costs for County Extension Offices.