International Student Scholarships Offered at Kent State

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International Freshman Scholarship

The International Freshman Scholarship program is available to any non-immigrant to the United States who is an incoming New Freshman student to Kent State University. This merit-based scholarship may vary in amount awarded to the student.


New freshman only (transfers are not eligible); Fall admission only

Minimum cumulative Secondary school GPA 3.6 on US 4.0 scale

27 ACT Composite,1280 new SAT or 1210 old SAT Critical Reading & Math 

The minimum international undergraduate admission requirement on language tests are TOEFL ≥ 71 (ibt) / ≥ 525 (pbt) or IELTS ≥ 6.0. 


Students will be automatically considered for the scholarship if they apply by the deadline.


Students must have been admitted to Kent State University by February 15. 

Scholarship recipients will be notified of their award in April.

Graduate Assistance

Many graduate programs offer fellowships or one of three types of graduate assistantships:  administrative, teaching or research.  Students should first inquire about the availability of assistantships through their academic program.


Financial assistance at the graduate level is available in three forms. The first and most available is a graduate assistantship. In return for up to 20 hours of work per week during the academic year, the student will receive a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. The second, a teaching or research fellowship, offers a full tuition waiver and monthly stipend and allows students to focus exclusively on teaching or research rather than departmental duties. The third form is a scholarship that may require external funding or may involve university or departmental competition. 

Most assistantships are awarded to doctoral students and some programs fund 100% of their graduate students while others do not.  It is important to contact the program directly to see how they structure their assistantships. 

Sources of financial assistance providing partial support for international graduate students include both service and non-service appointments. Students wishing to apply for any of these should contact either the chair or the graduate coordinator of their major department. The application for a graduate appointment is included as part of your application packet for admission to Kent State.


A general application is available at Financial Aid/Graduate Assistantships Page


Deadlines will vary, please check with graduate department

Work Opportunities

Other available assistantships, along with other campus jobs, are posted through Career Services

International students are allowed to work a maximum 20 hours/week on campus.

International students are not allowed to work off-campus without prior approval.  Students should meet with an ISSS advisor in the Office of Global Education if they are interested doing this.