Institutional Grants and Awards

Northern Kentucky University offers two institutional need-based aid programs:

  • Northern Difference
  • Strive NKU Promise Program

THE NORTHERN DIFFERENCE is a grant program targeted toward Kentucky residents who demonstrate financial need.  It is used to fund the difference between the cost of attending NKU (tuition, fees, books, room (equivalent to the cost of Kentucky/Commonwealth Hall housing) and board) and the federal, state, institutional and private grants awarded to the student.  It is renewable for up to eight semesters or four years.  Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA; earn 12 credit hours per fall and spring semesters at NKU, complete FAFSA by January 1, and remain Pell Grant eligible to renew.

Qualifications:

  • Federal Pell Grant eligible
  • Resident of Kentucky
  • First-time Freshman
  • Enrolled at NKU full-time (earn 12 hours a semester)
  • Submit application for admission by March 1
  • Be accepted by NKU with regular admission status
  • Have completed the FAFSA by January 1
  • Family income falls at or below 150% of the national poverty level  

THE STRIVE NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY PROMISE PROGRAM is a grant program targeted toward students who are  graduates of Holmes, Holy Cross, Covington Latin, Newport or Newport Central Catholic High Schools who demonstrate financial need.  Eligible students will receive a grant that will cover the difference between the cost of attending NKU (tuition, fees, and books) and the federal, state, institutional and private grants awarded to the student.  It is renewable for up to eight semesters or four years.  Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA; earn 12 credit hours per fall and spring semesters at NKU and remain Pell Grant eligible to renew.

Qualifications:

  • Federal Pell Grant eligible
  • Resident of the cities of Newport or Covington
  • Graduates of Holmes, Holy Cross, Newport or Newport Central Catholic High Schools
  • First-time Freshman
  • Enrolled at NKU full-time (earn 12 hours a semester)
  • Submit application for admission by March 1
  • Have completed the FAFSA by January 1

Federal Teach Grants

Under the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress has approved legislation to offer additional grant funds to students pursuing an undergraduate, graduate or certification in an eligible education program. For additional information, please view the federal website for the Teach Grant at www.teachgrant.ed.gov.

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