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


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.

Important notes

For all scholarships with the "Contact" of Office of Student Financial Assistance, you just need to complete the freshman scholarship application in order to apply. If the "Contact" is a different location, you will need to contact that location to inquire about applying for the scholarship.

To determine a student's financial need, Northern Kentucky University uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. 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.

Financial aid opportunities

Kentucky Statutory Tuition Waivers

NKU Scholarships: