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Hazard Community and Technical College is part of a 16-school network of similar institutions throughout the state of Kentucky. The Hazard Community College was founded in 1968 and took on its present name in 2003. The school operates six campuses throughout southeastern Kentucky. Three campuses operate in Hazard. The Leslie County Center, Knott County Branch and Lees College are all extension centers for the main campus on Highway 15 in Hazard.

HCTC offers associate’s of art or science degrees, as well as certificates and diplomas. The certificate and diploma programs prepare students to immediately enter the workforce with valuable skills. The associate’s degree programs can either launch a career or provide a stepping stone to a four-year institution.

The Business Administration Program offers students a variety of options as far as courses of study. Students can take the fast track and earn a diploma in small business management. Certificate programs are available in everything from accounting to supervisory management. The most comprehensive business program is the associate in applied science degree. With the AAS in hand, students can step directly into management positions or continue their studies at a four-year institution.

The nursing and health sciences programs are among the most frequently chosen majors. Students can earn their certificate as nursing assistants in less than two years. The Nursing Integrated Program allows students to pursue the LPN track or the RN track. Graduates of the program can seamlessly transfer to a four-year school and work towards their baccalaureate degree. All nursing programs are rigorous, require extensive field work and the successful completion of one or more standardized tests, such as the NCLEX.

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HCTC practices open admissions, although some programs may have more selective entry requirements. Out-of-state students must graduate in the top half of their high school class, or have a GPA of at least 3.0.

The first step in applying is to fill out an online application. Alternatively, prospective students can download and print a paper application for mailing or drop-off. The school charges no fee for processing student applications. Copies of high school transcripts or GED scores should be sent to the Office of Admissions. Transcripts from any previous colleges should also be included. Transfer students must have earned at least a 2.0 GPA on all college-level work. Applicants should provide ACT scores; scoring below 18 on any one section of the test may require the applicant to sit for the ASSET or COMPASS test.

After a new student’s admission file is complete, the school will mail out a package containing information about new student orientation and registering for classes.

Financial Aid

Students should apply for financial aid as soon as they have been admitted by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Within days, a Student Aid Report will be produced that the college uses in generating a financial aid package for each student. Most needy students receive one or more grant awards. Scholastically talented students should also consider the many scholarships available. Lastly, federal loans can make ends meet when other sources of funding are exhausted.


The federal government makes available both the Pell Grant and the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant to students with demonstrated financial need. Grant awards are gift monies that never have to be repaid. Kentucky residents are also eligible for the College Access Program, a state grant for undergraduates with severe financial need.


Various local organizations and individuals contribute to the mission of the school by funding student scholarships. Every student enrolled at the college is automatically entered into the scholarship awarding pool. Some scholarships have specific eligibility requirements, such as academic achievement or admittance into a certain program. Others are available to all students and based simply on financial need. Like grants, scholarships are gifts that do not require repayment.


As a community college, tuition and fees at HCTC remain affordable. As such, loans are generally not encouraged. Student loan debt often hangs over the heads of graduates who borrowed large sums. The Office of Financial Aid works diligently to ensure that most students will not need to take out federal loans.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5255th for the average student loan amount.
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Nearly 5,000 undergraduate students attend classes at one of the college’s campuses. Less than half of these students carry full course loads. The average high-school GPA of all students was around 3.0.

Both the main campus and the Hazard Technical Campus offer dining services, primarily for breakfast and lunch. Being a commuter college, the campus does not sponsor any form of housing. However, rents are low in the region and many students choose to live with relatives as they attend college. Non-traditional students often have homes of their own.

The school’s students have organized a number of campus groups and organizations. The Commuter and Non-traditional Student Organization, or CANSO, encourages older students to take a more active role in campus life. Students who enjoy creative writing or graphic art can apply for a position as editor of “Kudzu,” the school’s literary magazine. Student submissions of poetry, fiction and artwork are all encouraged. Many other clubs revolve around academic programs, such as the Biology Club, the Human Services and Social Work Association, and the Early Childhood Student Organization. Students looking to develop leadership skills are encouraged to join the Student Government Association or Students in Free Enterprise.

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Local Community

Hazard lies in the heart of Kentucky’s Eastern Coal Fields. The community plays host to numerous festivals and gatherings throughout the summer, including the Black Gold Festival and the Jack and Jill Festival. The Bobby Davis Museum, named after a casualty of World War II, relates some of the history of Hazard and Perry County. The nearby Daniel Boone National Forest provides hiking, camping and other outdoor recreation opportunities for residents and visitors. The cost of living in the region is low, although economic growth has generally been limited.

Information Summary

Ranks 36th in Kentucky and 2130th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 7 0.15
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 8 0.18
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 4 0.09
Robbery 7 0.16
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 45 1.00
Larceny 315 7.02
Vehicle theft 11 0.25

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Hazard, KY 41701-2402
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population17,184 (6,134 urban / 11,050 rural)
Households6,776 (2.49 people per house)
Median Household Income$22,645
Families4,885 (2.97 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2105

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3239th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,456 $3,456 $12,096
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $144 $144 $504
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $4,456 $4,456 $13,096
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $14,281 $14,281 $22,921
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,306 $7,306 $15,946

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,240 $3,360 $3,240 $3,360 $11,160 $11,760
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,975(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,850(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,850(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2811th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $55,764 ($53,336 male / $53,327 female)
Number of FT Faculty 100 (44 male / 56 female)
Number of PT Faculty 189
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $2,865,863

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