Kent State Intends to Offer In-State Tuition for Graduate Programs to Out-of-State Residents

Out-of-state residents who have earned a bachelor’s degree in Ohio will soon be able to save on tuition for graduate programs at Kent State University thanks to a new in-state tuition option offered by the university.

This new in-state tuition option introduced by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner will allow anyone who has earned a bachelor’s degree from an Ohio college or university to pay the in-state tuition rate to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree at Kent State. This option will apply to those who received their bachelor’s degree from any of the public and private institutions in Ohio. The governor’s goal is to keep top talent in Ohio to conduct research and work in Ohio industry.

Kent State intends to offer the in-state tuition option for all of its graduate degree programs, with the exception of programs within the College of Podiatric Medicine, upon final approval from the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

“This offers an incredible value for those looking to continue their studies and further enhance their credentials for career growth,” said Lana Whitehead, assistant dean of graduate studies and director of graduate admissions at Kent State. “We are pleased to offer in-state tuition to all who completed a prior bachelor’s degree in Ohio.”

Kent State’s extensive offerings include 23 master’s degrees in 108 majors and 146 concentrations and five doctoral degrees in 39 majors and 30 concentrations.

“We believe that individuals who have completed a bachelor's degree in Ohio have contributed significantly to our state, and we hope that they will continue to live here and work in our communities,” said Melody Tankersley, Kent State’s interim senior vice president and provost. “Kent State offers world-class graduate degrees, and we want to make them available to those who have been our neighbors in a way that clearly recognizes their contribution to the state. Offering them the in-state tuition rate honors their commitment and connection to Ohio as, together, we make a difference in the world.”

This in-state tuition option will be available to domestic students only, and it will waive the 12-month Ohio residency requirement usually applied to those receiving in-state tuition rates. By removing the out-of-state tuition surcharge on all graduate degree programs (except Podiatric Medicine), students will have more options and can consider Kent State for their graduate education. For a non-Ohio resident, Kent State’s new in-state tuition option will cut the tuition rate for eligible full-time graduate students by nearly half ($5,883 per semester for 2019-2020 full-time in-state graduate students compared to $10,976 per semester for 2019-2020 full-time out-of-state graduate students).

For more information about graduate programs at Kent State, visit For more information about the new in-state tuition option, email or call Michael Hollenbaugh, director of recruitment and retention in Kent State’s Division of Graduate Studies, at 330-672-2180.

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Photo Caption:
A Kent State University graduate student presents her research at the university’s annual Graduate Research Symposium.

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POSTED: Friday, April 3, 2020 02:23 PM
Updated: Friday, December 9, 2022 11:18 AM
Emily Vincent