Scholarships & Costs

Incoming Student Scholarship Application

All high school seniors who have been admitted to Kent State's College of Communication and Information (CCI) are invited to apply for CCI scholarships.

The CCI Incoming Student Scholarship Application is now closed.


Incoming Student Scholarships

Available Scholarships

CCI Dean's Scholarship

The CCI Dean's Scholarship is a need-based scholarship open to admitted Kent State undergraduates in:

  • School of Communication Studies
  • School of Emerging Media and Technology
  • School of Media and Journalism
  • School of Visual Communication Design

To be considered for the CCI Dean’s Scholarships, students must complete the Scholarship Application and must have a completed FAFSA on file.

Media and Journalism Honors College Scholarships

The Kent State University Honors College awards several merit scholarships of varying amounts designated specifically for students in the School of Media and Journalism who apply for and are admitted to the Honors College. 

Learn more about the Honors College

Scholastic Media Scholarship
Richard Sweet Memorial Scholarship in Art

Graduate of a Portage County, Ohio, high school pursuing a BA or BFA in Design or a BFA in photography or fine art, in good academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher), with a portfolio of photography, design or sculpture work.  

Award Amount: $920

*Demonstrate financial need based on FAFSA form in Financial Aid. 

Wallace J. Hagedorn Photography Scholarship

The application process is currently closed for the 2021-22 academic year.

The School of Media and Journalism and the School of Visual Communication Design award up to $200,000 to photography students annually through the Wallace J. Hagedorn Photography Scholarship. In addition to the monies available to offset tuition costs for the most talented visual storytellers, this program-enhancing gift will also provide additional resources to enrich the student experience. 

Learn more about the Hagedorn Scholarship

Plan for Your College Expenses as a CCI Student

We’ve outlined the expenses to be a Kent State student, as well as any specific required purchases as a Communication and Information student. You may also qualify for scholarships that are only available to students within CCI.

Tuition & Expenses

See the cumulative cost of tuition, room & board and other expenses as a Kent State University CCI student.

View Tuition & Expenses

Estimated Additional Costs for Undergraduate Majors

In addition to university tuition and expenses, CCI majors should also consider budgeting for the following expenses.  These items are provided for planning purposes only and will vary depending on your major and individual needs.

  • College Program Fees (Up to $120 / academic year - charged to student account)

  • School Program Fees (Up to $100 / academic year for VCD majors only - charged to student account)

  • Course Fees (up to $500 / academic year - charged to student account)

  • Textbooks (Up to $375 / academic year for required CCI classes)

  • Laptop/Hardware/Equipment (Typically one-time laptop/hardware purchase estimated at between $1,200 - $3,500 for select majors, with additional equipment costs of up to $150 / academic year)

  • Computer Software (up to $555 / academic year for select majors)

  • Class Project Materials (up to $315 / academic year for select majors)

Please contact your school or department for specific expenses and equipment costs.   CCI graduate students should check with their department for estimated expenses.

See more information about CCI technology and software purchases.

Financial aid

Find out the process for applying for financial aid, loans (FAFSA) & alternative loans.

Kent State Financial Aid

Kent State Scholarships

There are over 700 scholarships offered by various Kent State University departments to both undergraduate and graduate students. Some scholarships are offered only to incoming freshman, while others are only available to returning students. Many scholarships are open to students in all schools & colleges.

View and Search for Kent State Scholarships

Diversity Scholarships for Communication & Information Students

CCI students with diverse identities and backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply for diversity scholarships.

See CCI Diversity Scholarships


Each year, the College of Communication and Information commits approximately $800,000 in financial support for new and continuing graduate students.

Graduate Student Assistantships, Awards and Fellowships