At Kent State University, we want to help every student graduate. That means offering academic, personal and financial support at every point of a student’s path to their successful career. Scholarships are another way we work to make the Kent State experience affordable for every student, so that they can graduate with as little debt as possible.


Why Apply?

$411+ Million financial aid to 30,000+ students in 2021-2022
$96+ Million in scholarships to freshman 2021-2022
96% freshman received finance assistance 2021-2022


First-Year Students (From ohio)

First-year students from Ohio are automatically considered for a number of merit scholarships at Kent State. You can use this link to find information about those opportunities, eligibility, and other resources.

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First-Year Students (From Outside of Ohio)

First-year students coming to Kent State from outside of Ohio are automatically considered for various merit scholarships. You can use this link to find out about those offerings, eligibility, and access other resources.

View Scholarships and Eligibility

Transfer Students

Transfer students may benefit from merit scholarships that are awarded automatically after you are admitted to Kent State. Find out about eligibility and other opportunities.

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International Students

Certain scholarships are available exclusively for international students. However, international students can also apply for additional scholarships offered by our colleges, our campuses and other sources.

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Newly admitted and Returning Kent State students can explore additional Kent State and external scholarship opportunities through ScholarshipUniverse.

Learn More about ScholarshipUniverse

All Students

Tips & Tricks

We’ve made your scholarship search easier with these resources, but a successful search still takes time, energy and some work. Don’t hesitate to ask as many questions as you need to get the answers you seek. You may have to fill out a lot of applications, but the effort is certainly worth the reward.

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Consent and Confidentiality

First-year students who apply for admission for Fall 2023, by February 1, 2023, will automatically be considered for merit scholarships offered by the Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid. Students must be admitted by Dec. 1, 2022 to be considered for an invitation to apply to the Honors College.

Kent State is test-optional, meaning students are not required to submit standardized test scores (SAT and/or ACT).  If you have test scores, you can request that your scores not be used in your admission decision.  Please be aware that if you choose to use your test scores in the admission decision, the scores will also be used for scholarship consideration.   Students make this choice on their admission application.  Once you are admitted to Kent State University, you cannot change your decision. 

You must be a U.S. citizen, be admitted to a bachelor’s degree-granting major and plan to enroll full-time at the Kent Campus.

Kent State University makes every effort to provide accurate, timely and current information. However, the university reserves the right to change without notice any statement due to federal, state or institutional changes in policies, procedures or regulations.