Cost of tuition

Tuition & Enrollment

Depending on their visa status, students can enroll in ESL classes either full-time (20 contact hours per week) or part-time (11 credit hours per semester).

Tuition for one semester (Fall or Spring) 2014-2015 for a full-time student is $5,462.00.* Students who have an F1 visa are required to be full-time students during Fall and/or Spring semesters.

The cost for one ESL credit hour per semester is $456.00.*

Please note: If you take a non ESL class the cost for one credit hour per semester is $818.00 (undergraduate). If you come for one Module (7 weeks), or for Module 2 (Fall or Spring) tuition for a full-time student is based per credit hour (8 credit hours per Module = 20 contact hours per week is $3,648.00*)

*All tuition prices and other expenses are subject to change.

Estimated Expenses

If you need an F1 student visa, you must verify your ability to pay for educational and living expenses during your time of study. Below is a chart for Fall and Spring semesters that indicates what you should expect to pay during your studies. If you plan to attend only Summer classes, please refer to the section "Summer ESL Programs" for estimated expenses. Use this chart to determine how much you should verify on your ADMISSION APPLICATION and FINANCIAL VERIFICATION form.

One Semester (Module 1 & Module 2)
Two Semesters

Tuition *



 ESL course fees**



ESL surcharge for out-of-state tuition

$170 ($10 per credit hour) $340 ($10 per credit hour)







Medical Insurance****






Additional University fees (major specific, international  student fees, Arts fee, etc.) $120 (approximately) $240 (Approximately





Summer Module 2015: May 18-July 3

The cost for 8 credits for the summer module = $3648 and the cost for 9 credits = $4104.

In addition:

  • Admission Application fee: $30.00 (one time fee, payable with your application with a check made payable to "Kent State University")
  • This table does not include miscellaneous everyday expenses (winter clothes, car insurance..) because they depend on the individual student's lifestyle. They are estimated at an average of $2,520.
  • Students who bring family members may use the chart above and add $4,000.00 for spouse or other first dependent, plus $2,000.00 for each additional dependent (if staying an academic year).
  • Please note that all students who are not 21 years or older, are required to buy a meal plan, according to university regulations.

*Tuition prices are subject to change. 

**Out-of-state students enrolled in ESL courses with special course fees will also have a special out-of-state rate of around $70 per credit hour rather than the regular out-of-state rate. This tuition price in based on 17 credit hours per semester. ***This price is an average or sample price for on-campus housing/dormitory. Housing fees for winter break and spring break are not included. ****The United States does not have universal health care. Further, health care is very expensive and insurance does not cover all medical or dental expenses. In an effort to assist students, the university has contracted with a major insurance carrier to provide broad coverage for a reasonable cost. This coverage also meets the government's minimum requirements for international students. If you choose not to purchase the university's student health insurance, you are still responsible to carry medical insurance that conforms to the government's requirements.

Registration & Payment

After students choose their classes during "Orientation," they must officially register and pay for tuition. Students will receive "Registration papers" when they arrive in Kent. Students can pay with credit card (Master Card, Discover, American Express or Diner's), money order, personal check or cash. For Fall and Spring semesters, students have two payment options: 1) You may pay your entire tuition in one payment. 2) You may pay your tuition in three installments. There will be a service charge of $35.00 per semester for the installment payment plan. Installment plans are not available for the Summer module.

If you want to cancel an ESL class or program that you paid for, send an email to ESL Registration.

IMPORTANT—Students who withdraw from all classes or drop courses MAY be entitled to an adjustment of total tuition billed based on the Kent State Course Schedule and must notify the office of Global Education.