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Scholarship information listed here is specific to eligible students entering as first-time freshman starting Fall 2022.
Northern Kentucky University offers merit-based scholarships to new, incoming freshman students.  Degree-seeking students who reside outside of the state of Kentucky can be considered for the merit scholarships below.
Merit Scholarship Qualifications

Scholarships are automatically awarded to admitted degree-seeking students who meet the eligibility criteria.  We have removed test scores as a required element for most scholarship awards. Some students must provide test scores for admission but those test scores will not be used to determine merit scholarship awards.  There is one exception: the NKU Presidential Scholarship requires the submission of test scores and is reserved for students who achieve at least a 3.75 high school (HS) GPA and have 34 Composite score on the ACT or 1490 on the SAT.

    To be considered for merit-based scholarships, students must:

  • Apply for admission by February 15, 2022 at
  • Submit the $40 application fee
  • Submit the high school transcript(s)
  • Submit any ACT or SAT* scores

The chart below allows you to use your high school GPA and standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) to estimate your merit scholarship eligibility.  Students may receive a scholarship amount ranging from $500 up to full-tuition+$6,000 Housing Stipend.


: The tables above do not include additional awards for students with honorsartistic, musical or theatre talent.  Honors students should review information provided by the NKU Honors College.  For artistic, music, and theatre awards, please review the scholarship information from NKU School for the Arts.  

Students applying for the Educational Diversity Scholarship must complete the on-line First-time Freshman Scholarship application and are not included in the above table.


To maximize your opportunity for other monetary awards, complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA at
Students will receive only one tuition paying scholarship/waiver.  Students must review and meet the renewal criteria each year in order to receive the scholarship for the next academic year.  The renewal criteria can be found at Institutional Scholarship Renewal Requirements.