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It's Time to Put NKU on Your Short List.

Northern Kentucky University – just minutes from downtown Cincinnati, offering top-notch academic programs and one of the safest campuses in the region just became even more affordable!

Earn more than $5,000 off your tuition with the EDGE award!

Begin Your Journey

What is EDGE?

Starting fall 2020, the EDGE* award enables out-of-state freshman and international students to pay reduced out-of-state tuition‡ if they meet the following qualifications:

  • Enrollment as a new first-time, full-time freshman
  • A minimum 2.5 weighted high school GPA

NKU is committed to offering an affordable college education tuition, housing rates and meal plans and this program will allow high school students to enroll at NKU for less than many in-state colleges/universities.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must maintain full-time consecutive enrollment and be in good academic standing to continue receiving this tuition benefit.
  • All domestic students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and are eligible for departmental and foundation scholarships offered by NKU.
  • State-to-state full tuition agreements supersede EDGE award.
  • Available for four consecutive academic years - fall and spring semesters only or receipt of a Bachelor's Degree.
  • This program is not available for students enrolled in fully online academic programs.

*You may be eligible for additional scholarships.

Excluding fees. All tuition awards are subject to change annually.

Out-of-state tuition for the 2023-24 academic year is $21,096.


Contact the Office of Admissions at (859) 572-5220 or (800) 637-9948.