International Students Scholarships Resources

Scholarships are free aid that can help you pay for your degree, especially if you have a strong academic background.

If you’re interested in pursuing international student scholarships offered at Kent State, our Office of Global Education is here to help. Apply to KSU and find the financial aid you need.

As an international student, you’re qualified for many of the Kent State scholarships:

Global Scholarship

The Global ScholarshipFor the international student who has a dream of studying in the United States, the Global Scholarship makes a Kent State Education "A Whole Lot Closer than You Think!

Kent State established the Global Scholarship in January 2018 because it values diversity among its student population and as a result seeks to attract a greater number of high quality international students to its campuses. The Global Scholarship is available to all incoming international undergraduate degree-seeking students who have been admitted to Kent State. The Global Scholarship provides eligible students with $4,000 per year ($2,000 per semester), reducing the cost of a Kent State 4-year undergraduate degree by up to $16,000.

  • An incoming UNDERGRADUATE International student
  • Freshman, transfer, ESL only, and visiting students are eligible for the Global Scholarship
  • Graduate and current students are not eligible 
  • In-state resident students are not eligible for the Global Scholarship
  • Only those students attending the Kent campus are eligible to receive the Global Scholarship
  • Students will be automatically considered for the scholarship upon admission to the university.
  • Rolling 

The Global Scholarship grants each eligible undergraduate freshman or transfer student $4,000 per year ($2,000 per semester). Incoming freshmen students may receive the Global Scholarship for a total of eight semesters. Transfer students may receive the Global Scholarship for up to eight semesters depending on the number of credits transferred to Kent State.

For the Global Scholarship to automatically renew each year, awarded students simply need to maintain continuous full-time enrollment at Kent State and good academic standing.



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 the amount awarded to the student.


  • New freshman only (transfers are not eligible); Fall admission only
  • Minimum cumulative Secondary school GPA 3.7 on US 4.0 scale
  • 27 ACT Composite, 1260 new SAT or 1210 old SAT Critical Reading & Math  (Temporarily suspended - no test needed)
  • Unconditional Admission to Kent State University as a freshman


  • Students will be automatically considered for the scholarship if they apply by the deadline.
    • Students who meet the criteria will be invited to apply to the Honors College on a rolling basis after admission.  


  • Priority consideration if admitted by the December 15th deadline, possible consideration if admitted by February 1st.   
  • Scholarship recipients will be notified of their award in April.


A renewable award will be distributed to qualifying individuals, maximum of $20,000 per year (estimated - awards are distributed in April).


International Student Graduate Assistance
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.

Other Resources

Other Resources

There are also special scholarships for international students attending college in the United States. Explore a few of these resources below:

  • EducationUSA offers a multitude of programs for international students, including funding support.

  • The International Education Financial Aid website allows you to search for scholarships based on what you’re studying, where you’re studying, and where you’re from. Fill in your intended major and home country, with Ohio as your place of study, to find scholarships that can go toward your Kent State degree.
  • Your home country’s government likely offers scholarships for students attending college abroad. Be sure to visit your government’s website or contact a government office for information on how to apply for the available aid.
  • The Organization of American States (OAS) lists Scholarships for Latin American and Caribbean students on their website.
  • Women pursuing higher education can apply for scholarships for the American Association of University Women (AAUW)
  • Students who are seeking an undergraduate degree in one of the following categories: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business/entrepreneurship might be eligible for Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program.
  • Computer Science major students can apply for computer science scholarships through a compelled list from

Additional Resources from Kent State

Kent State offers other scholarship opportunities, however please read the eligibility criteria carefully as some are for U.S. citizens only.
Our Scholarship Search Checklist for International Students offers a comprehensive list by college and campus, and provides tips to help increase your chances of receiving aid.


Schedule an appointment with an Admissions Advisor or the Financial Aid Office to discuss your personal financial situation.
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