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Northern Kentucky University provides scholarships to new freshmen and transfer students as well as current NKU students.

  • In-State Freshman

    In-State Freshman

    NKU offers academic scholarships each year to incoming freshman class from the Commonwealth.

  • Out-of-State Freshman

    Out-of-State Freshman

    NKU’s merit-based scholarship program is designed to recognize academically outstanding and creatively talented students from outside our region.

  • Transfer Students

    Transfer Students

    Join the growing number of students who are transferring to Northern Kentucky University, a modern campus offering more than 80 academic majors.

  • Current Students

    Continuing Student

    Resources for current NKU students who are looking for additional financial aid.

  • Student-Athletes

    NKU's financial aid website for student-athletes

  • ROTC Scholarships

    ROTC Scholarships

    NKU students enrolled in ROTC can earn scholarships that will pay 100% tuition along with a monthly stipend and a book stipend.

  • Educational Diversity Scholarships

    Educational Diversity and Access Scholarship

    Celebrating our differences allows us to grow our campus community and give our students an opportunity to join and learn from unique perspectives.

  • Other Scholarships

    Other Scholarships

    A list of outside scholarship information not associated with NKU.

  • Additional Scholarship Opportunities

    Additional Scholarship Opportunities

    Through the generosity of our donors, NKU has scholarship opportunities available to a variety of students.

Alphabetical List Of Scholarships:

For all scholarships listed below please apply using either the "Freshman/First-Time Scholarship Application" or "Continuing/Transfer Student Application" buttons.

For any scholarships that provide alternate contact information, please contact the listed party to learn how to apply for that scholarship.

Merit Scholarships 

Northern Kentucky University awards more than one million dollars in academic scholarships each year to incoming freshman. The scholarship process is very competitive. Generally, students with academic merits at these levels or higher will receive consideration.

Meeting the guidelines listed below does not guarantee you a scholarship offer, but we can ensure each applicant will receive careful consideration and fair treatment in what is a very competitive process.

Merit scholarships are awarded for eight consecutive fall and spring semesters of full-time undergraduate work. Each scholarship has specific academic renewal requirements.


To determine a student's financial need, Northern Kentucky University uses the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA). This form must be completed with the results sent to the university for consideration of need-based scholarships.

Northern Kentucky University shall provide equal opportunity in all aspects of employment, education,and activities without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.