How long does the Tuition Guarantee Plan last?

New first-year degree-seeking undergraduate students*:

All eligible new first-year degree-seeking undergraduate students are guaranteed that the Ohio resident tuition rate (i.e., instructional and general fee), career services fee, room, and board will not increase for 12 consecutive semesters, which consist of  four (4) fall, four (4) spring and four (4) summer terms.

Example:Eligible new first-year undergraduate students entering fall 2018 will be guaranteed that the Ohio resident tuition rate (i.e., instructional and general fee), career services fee, room and board rates stay the same from fall 2018 through summer 2022. For students entering in spring 2019, their guarantee rate will run from spring 2019 through fall 2022.

Eligible students who enroll for the first time during a summer term will pay the prior cohort tuition rate for the initial term, but will be assigned to the entering semester cohort that immediately follows.

Example:Eligible new first-year undergraduate students entering in summer 2019 will pay the 2018 per-credit hour cohort tuition rate for their summer courses. Beginning in fall 2019, the student will be assigned to the 2019 cohort rate.

Transfer students**:

All eligible students transferring from another college or university will join the cohort that aligns with the credits that they are transferring to Kent State with, see table below.

Credits Transferred Cohort Years Guarantee Available
< 30 credit Current cohort 4 years available
30 - 59 credits Prior cohort 3 years available
60 - 89 credits 2 years prior 2 years available
90 credits or more 3 years prior 1 year available 

Example: Students transferring 30 or fewer credits to Kent State during their first term will be guaranteed that their resident tuition, career services fee, room and board rates will stay the same for 12 consecutive semesters or four academic years. Similarly, students who transfer 79 credits during their first term to Kent State will be guaranteed their cohort rate for two years.  

A student’s cohort rate period is guaranteed regardless of enrollment status (full, part-time or not enrolled).

*A new first-year student is any undergraduate, degree-seeking student enrolled at any of Kent State University’s campuses for the first time on or after fall 2018, and who has not been enrolled at any other college or postsecondary institution. New first-year students include students who enroll at Kent State University after graduating from high school and non-traditional students who enroll at any of the Kent State campuses for the first time. New first-year students do not include non-degree-seeking students; College Credit Plus or Advanced High School; exchange students; and other students participating in other pre-enrollment or postsecondary option programs.

**A transfer student is any student who transfers to Kent State University from another college or postsecondary institution. Transfer students who transferred from any college or university prior to fall semester 2018 are not covered under the Tuition Guarantee Plan as they are considered part of the returning student cohort.  In addition, students in the online BSN for RN online program will not be part of the tuition guarantee plan as this program is approved at a special tuition rate.