Tuition and Other Costs

Kent State is dedicated to the success of our students. We know that our future students and current students work hard to balance academic and personal success in a fiscally responsible way.

To help you make informed decisions, we know that both at-a-glance and very specific costs provide value at different points in your planning process.

That's why it's important to understand the difference between various numbers related to costs. We're confident that you'll discover our affordable tuition can help you keep costs at a minimum while you work toward success after graduation.

Costs At-A-Glance

Will you be taking classes, living and eating on campus? Or maybe commuting and eating at home? We know it isn’t one size fits all! Our students tackle their college careers differently and you may just need rates for certain aspects of the university experience. As a result, the accordions below enable you to ballpark your costs. For more specific numbers, jump to the cost of attendance information.

Tuition, Dining & Housing - Undergraduate

These numbers are intended to serve as a guide when evaluating Kent State's value and affordability.

The 2021 cohort prices per semester:

  • Undergraduate Ohio resident tuition:  $11,923  | Non-Ohio resident tuition:  $20,799
  • Housing for a double room: $3,850 
  • Dining Services blue meal plan: $2,356 

* New cohort rates are established each academic year.

To explore additional at-a-glance costs, such as the gold meal plan or a single room, access:

These costs are unique for domestic and would not apply to international students.
Tuition - All Student Types

These numbers are intended to serve as a guide when evaluating Kent State's value and affordability as it relates to tuition only. 

  • Undergraduate:  Ohio resident tuition:  $11,923  | Non-Ohio resident & international student tuition:  $20,799
  • Undergraduate Regional Campus**:  Ohio resident tuition:  $6,751  | Non-Ohio resident tuition:  $15,627
  • International undergraduate: $20,799 
  • Graduate: Ohio resident tuition:  $9,648  | Non-Ohio resident & international student tuition:  $17,982
  • Online: costs vary based on program

* Based on one academic year, two semesters for a full-time student. Graduate student tuition based on 9 graduate hours.

**Rates reflect lower division tuition rates, review tuition and fees schedule for upper-division regional tuition and norther WV/western PA rate information.

Find additional tuition and fees information.

Housing

Residence Services is committed to helping you find the living and learning environment that will feel like “home” while you’re on campus.

The 2021 cohort semester rate for a double standard room is: $3,850. This rate also applies to non-cohort students for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Find a full list of pricing based on specific residence halls and other variables.

Dining

While the university offers a variety of meal plans, the Kent State Blue plan falls within the middle tier and provides a good number for estimating costs.

The 2021 cohort price is: $2,356 each semester.

Find a full list of options and pricing on the dining services website

More Specific Numbers: Cost of Attendance

Find your full cost of attendance details, which consist of of tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation and personal expenses for the award period. Of these components, the expenses directly owed to Kent State University include tuition and fees and for on-campus students, room and board. You might decide to apply more financial aid to offset additional costs.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Undergraduate Student tuition guarantee COHORT RATES 2020-2021

These costs are unique for domestic and would not apply to international

This table represents dependent students attending the fall and spring semesters.

TOTAL COSTS FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
  KENT CAMPUS, UNDERGRAD, IN-STATE KENT CAMPUS, UNDERGRAD, OUT-OF-STATE REGIONAL CAMPUS, UNDERGRAD, IN-STATE
TUITION/FEES * $11,432 $20,308 $6,468
BOOKS AND SUPPLIES $1,200 $1,200 $1,200
ROOM/BOARD ** $12,084 $12,084 $3,312
PERSONAL EXPENSES $1,672 $1,672 $1,672
TRANSPORTATION $2,054 $2,054 $2,306
LOAN FEES $68 $68 $68
CAREER SERVICES FEE $156 $156 $92

TOTAL

$28,666 $37,542 $15,118

* Expenses directly owed to Kent State University.
**Actual costs may vary. Off-Campus and commuter students do not owe room and board amounts to Kent State University.

All incoming students prior to Fall 2018 and graduate students should follow the instructions below to view their cost of attendance on FlashLine.  

View Current Tuition Rates

 

Graduate Student Tuition

Graduate Student Non-Guarantee Tuition Rates 2021-2022

This table represents graduate students attending the fall and spring semesters.

TOTAL COSTS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
  KENT CAMPUS, GRADUATE, IN-STATE KENT CAMPUS, GRADUATE, OUT-OF-STATE
TUITION/FEES * $9,648 $17,982
BOOKS AND SUPPLIES $1,200 $1,200
ROOM/BOARD ** $8,882 $8,882
PERSONAL EXPENSES $3,130 $3,130
TRANSPORTATION $3,330 $3,330
LOAN FEES $150 $150

TOTAL

$26,340 $34,674

* Expenses directly owed to Kent State University.  Based on 9 graduate credit hours.
**Actual costs may vary. Off-Campus and commuter students do not owe room and board amounts to Kent State University.

Please note: a full-time graduate student is one who is registered for 8 to 16 hours in any one semester, with 16 hours being the maximum number that may be carried per semester.  For more information on the graduate enrollment definition please review section 3.4 on the Graduate Studies website.

International Tuition and Fees

Kent State offers a highly favorable match between the cost and quality of a college degree.

We offer more than 280 undergraduate majors, as well as programs at the master’s and PhD levels. There are a variety of merit-based scholarships for eligible first-year international students. When combined, available scholarships have the potential of awarding an international student up to $32,000 towards a 4-year undergraduate degree.

Check our Tuition & Fees page or see the chart below for average tuition and living expenses for an international student for one academic year.

These costs are unique for international and would not apply to domestic students.

Estimated Expenses 2020-2021 (Also for Issuing I20's)

 

International Undergraduate (12-18 credits) (Full time for immigration purposes) International Graduate (calculated at 9 credits) (Full time for immigration purposes) ESL American Academy Aeronautics w/Flight Tech Mater of Architecture, Arch & Env Design, Landscape & Arch, Urban Design, Healthcare Design
Tuition and Fees (1 year, two semesters) - out of state tuition) *

$20,799

$21,952

$10,552

$11,000

$40,799

$22,992

Living Expenses (estimated)

$12,412

$12,412

$12,412

$12,412

$12,412

$12,412

Other Costs: Medical Insurance and Books/Supplies (estimated)

$7,661

$7,661

$7,661

$7,661

$7,661

$7,661

Total $40,872 $42,025 $30,625 $31,073 $60,872 $43,065

* Costs may vary depending on student's individual plan of study.  

For issuing I20's, additional proof of finances must also be provided for dependents as follows:

  • $4,500 for spouse or other first dependent
  • $2,500 for each additional dependent

Kent State University requires all international students to purchase the sponsored student health insurance plan. Under certain criteria, a student may request a waiver of this charge.

A very affordable American education

As an international student, you’re qualified for many of Kent State's scholarships, especially if you have a strong academic background.

  • 93% of first year students receive financial assistance through scholarships, grants, loans or employment
  • 85% of full-time undergraduate students receive financial assistance
  • $66+ million in scholarships were offered to incoming freshmen in 2020-2021
  • $420+ million in scholarships and financial aid was awarded to over 32,000 students in 2019-2020

Helpful links

Your Personal Cost of Attendance - FlashLine

The cost of attendance consists of tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation and personal expenses for the award period. Of these components, the expenses directly owed to Kent State University include tuition and fees and for on-campus students, room and board.

FlashLine's access Point

  1. Log on to FlashLine and select Student from the main menu.
  2. Under Finances, click on Financial Aid.
  3. Click on Financial Aid Awards, select the current aid year from the drop down and Submit.
  4. Click on the Award Overview tab.
  5. Review the Cost of Attendance based on the "Expected Enrollment Status" and terms listed.  Amounts are total year amounts and are not broken down by semester.  Please see the example below: