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Attention Out-of-State Students with an Ohio Degree — Earn Your Grad Degree for the Price of In-State Tuition

By Graduate Studies on May 1, 2020

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Whether you’re just finishing up your bachelor’s degree, considering an advanced degree or have been thinking about a graduate school, but haven’t had that final push to submit your application — this news is a game-changer.

Out-of-state residents who have earned a bachelor's degree in Ohio can now save on tuition for graduate programs at Kent State University thanks to a new in-state tuition option offered by the university. This drastically reduces tuition costs, cutting the rate for eligible full-time graduate students by nearly half.

On April 1, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner, announced that a new in-state tuition option will allow anyone who has earned a bachelor’s degree from an Ohio college or university (public or private) to pay the in-state tuition rate for a master’s or doctoral degree at Kent State. 

The goal of the governor’s initiative is to help retain the top talent that is already being cultivated in Ohio colleges and universities, to further research efforts and promote work in Ohio industry.

Thinking about earning your graduate degree? Check out Kent State's commitment  to offering the in-state tuition price to out-of-state students.

Kent State Is Leading the Charge

Kent State is offering the in-state tuition option for all of its graduate degree programs, with the exception of programs within the College of Podiatric Medicine. Online graduate degree programs are also included in the in-state tuition option.

“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 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,” said Melody Tankersley, Kent State’s interim senior vice president and provost. 

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. With an advanced degree to meet every need and interest, the only question left is — which one will you choose?Degrees GraphicPro-Tip: If you need help deciding which graduate degree is right for you, explore Kent State’s Graduate School Decision and Admissions Guide! 

Savings by the Numbers

For a non-Ohio resident pursuing a graduate degree, the new in-state tuition option will cut the cost of earning a degree full-time 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).

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In addition to saving a significant amount while earning your graduate degree, you will also be setting yourself up for higher earning potentials in your future career. On average, those with their master’s degree earn approximately $12,000 more annually than those with a bachelor’s alone (and the difference for those with doctoral degrees is even greater.)

Get Started on Your Graduate Degree Today

If you’re looking for some more information to help you get started, we’d like to recommend the following resources:

You can also reach out to the Graduate Studies office for help or if you would like more information about the new in-state tuition option, you can email graduatestudies@kent.edu or call Michael Hollenbaugh, Ph.D., director of recruitment and retention in Kent State’s Division of Graduate Studies, at 330-672-2180. 

We’re excited for you as you make this next step in your graduate school career and we are even more thrilled that you’ll be able to save money doing it! Best of luck and we look forward to hearing from you. 

Have more questions about the in-state tuition incentive on all of our graduate programs? Access our on-demand webinar and listen to our FAQs!

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