University Award | Student Financial Aid | Kent State University

University Award

Kent State promotes geographical diversity through the University Award Program.  For eligible incoming freshman and transfer students, the University Award Program will waive 1/2 of the out-of-state tuition surcharge at any of the Kent State's eight campuses.

  • Students must be a permanent resident of a U.S. state outside of Ohio and not eligible for in-state tuition.
  • Students must maintain continuous full-time enrollment and a 2.25 cumulative Kent State GPA to renew the award.
  • Students with a bachelor's degree are not eligible for the University Award.
  • Incoming freshmen must have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.75, a 20 composite ACT score, or a 1060 SAT total score.
  • Incoming freshman students may receive the University Award for a total of eight semesters or until graduation, whichever comes first.
  • Incoming transfer students must have a cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or higher to receive the award.
  • Transfer students may receive the University Award for up to seven semesters depending on the number of credits transferred.
  • All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by December 1, or as soon as possible to determine eligibility for federal and state financial aid programs.
  • Northern West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania residents who attend a regional campus, and are eligible for the reduced tuition rate, are not eligible for the University Award.

For more information, please contact:

Office of Admissions
1-800-988-KENT