Eligibility & Cost


The Washington Program is open primarily to junior and senior students in an accredited collegiate institution. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 and must have completed two courses in the U.S. political process.

Only 24 students will be selected for the program each year. Selection will be based on academic record, maturity of purpose, and promise of success.

Participants may register for the four appropriate units of study during their regular registration times.

Journalism students may perform media work for their internship requirement with permission from the director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


The required fees payable to the University before departure include Kent State University tuition and lodging. 

Additional costs for the Washington Program are estimated to be about $300 - $400 more per month than costs of attending school in Kent due to the higher cost of living in Washington, DC.                          

As a regular off-campus program of the university, WPNI expenses may be met by virtually any form of scholarship, grant or loan as regular on campus expenses would be. Check with the office of Student Financial Aid for advice.                                                                                                                                               

In addition, a limited number of scholarships are available through WPNI itself. Contact the WPNI Director for further information about these scholarships.