Tuition is a major factor for prospective students deciding whether to go to college and if so, which colleges and universities to apply to that they can afford. A new study by Money has gathered the latest data and looks at college affordability, providing a useful resource for prospective students and their parents.

In its 2024 Best Colleges analysis of more than 700 four-year colleges, Money ranked Kent State as the most affordable college in Ohio. Kent State comes in at $20,100 for its estimated tuition price including average grant money, the lowest among the 24 Ohio colleges and universities studied by Money. Kent State is committed to creating affordable education for its students and providing access for all.

“Kent State has made an intentional effort to create a high-quality experience while being named the most affordable college in Ohio, and it is great to have the recognition in this year’s 2024 Best Colleges survey,” said Sean Broghammer, Ph.D., Kent State’s vice president for enrollment management. “Kent State remains committed to our access mission by providing competitive merit and need-based scholarships that help students pursue their educational goals while controlling costs.”

Kent State helps keep college affordable in many ways. Kent State awards more than $415 million in financial aid annually, and 96% of first-year students receive financial aid assistance. The Kent State Board of Trustees approves tuition, room and meal plan rates under the Tuition Guarantee Model, which is designed to provide students and their families a predictable and stable model for planning for the cost of a college degree. It provides eligible new undergraduates – including new first-year students and new transfer students – and their families the certainty that resident tuition, room and meal plan charges will not increase during the ensuing four academic years from their first enrollment as degree-seeking students.

“We at Kent State want to see every student graduate,” Broghammer said. “We offer academic, financial and personal support at every point along a student’s journey to graduation. It’s important to keep the Kent State experience affordable for students.”

First-year students coming to Kent State – both from Ohio and from outside Ohio – are automatically considered for various merit scholarships. Additionally, newly admitted and returning Kent State students can explore additional Kent State and external scholarship opportunities through ScholarshipUniverse. In-state students may also be eligible for the Flashes Go Further Scholarship Program, a one-of-a-kind program covering more costs to help students attend Kent State tuition-free.

Kent State provides information about tuition amounts as well as scholarship and financial aid opportunities for prospective students to calculate their cost of attendance at In addition, the university offers more than 8,000 on-campus jobs and an in-state discount for graduate programs.

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