Tuition and Cost to Attend Kent State University at Kent

Annual Total Cost

The total list price for in-state Ohio residents to go to Kent State University at Kent is $21,320 for the 2014/2015 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't possess Ohio residence can expect a one year cost of $29,280.

Undergraduate Tuition

Kent State University at Kent tuition is $10,012 per year for in-state residents. This is 56% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,429. The cost is $7,835 and 44% cheaper than the average Ohio tuition of $17,847 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 38th in Ohio amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 77th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $17,972 which represents a 80% premium.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,908 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Kent should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,400.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 and 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2014-2015 and 2013-2014 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Kent State University at Kent
Expenditure Price
Ohio Resident Total Cost $21,320
   In-State Tuition$10,012
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$9,908
   Books and Supplies$1,400
Non-Resident Total Cost $29,280
   Out-of-State Tuition$17,972
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$9,908
   Books and Supplies$1,400


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $21,320 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Kent State University at Kent net price for in-state students $18,727* for the 2013/2014 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

81% of Kent State University at Kent students received grant aid in 2013/2014. The average total aid amount was $6,267. 36 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2013/2014 was $4,177. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Kent State University at Kent, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Kent State University at Kent
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$18,727*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid81%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,267
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants36%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,177

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last reported for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$15,368
$30,001 to $48,000$16,895
$48,001 to $75,000$20,086
$75,001 to $110,000$21,749

Average Financial Aid Mix - $21,320 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $21,320. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 29% - $6,267

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Kent State University at Kent or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 29% - $6,274

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 41% -  $8,779

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Kent State University at Kent
Cleveland State University3.8% less expensive
West Liberty University35.9% less expensive
Penn State New Kensington27% more expensive
University of Pittsburgh Greensburg24.4% more expensive
Wayne State University0.8% more expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Kent State University at Kent.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Kent State University at Kent is $85,280 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $17,489 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $69,956**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $106,600 or $87,445 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Kent State University at Kent.

Ohio Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,006
Ohio Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,660
Non-Ohio Resident Tuition Per Semester$8,986
Non-Ohio Resident Total Cost Per Semester$14,640

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Kent State University at Kent are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Kent State University at Kent
Price per credit hour for Ohio residents$425
Cost for one class for Ohio residents (3 credit hours)$1,275
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$787
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,361
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,148

Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 70% of Kent State University at Kent students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,274. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $31,954.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Kent State University at Kent? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $69,956, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $86,154.26. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Kent State University at Kent. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 81% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $17,489. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Kent State University at Kent student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Kent State University at Kent Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$717.95
Amount Borrowed$69,956.00
Interest Rate4.3%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$16,198.26
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$86,154.26

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Kent State University at Kent? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Kent State University at Kent, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $86,154.26 would be needed to afford a $717.95 monthly payment in the example $69,956.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Kent State University at Kent in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $8,430 to $9,346. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2.2%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $85,280.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Kent State University at Kent.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2021$29,320$117,280
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2026$37,421$149,682
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2031 $47,759$191,037
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2034 $55,287$221,149

Tuition History

What was tuition at Kent State University at Kent five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2010$8,726$16,418 3.5%
2009$8,430$15,862 0%
2008$8,430$15,862 0%
2007$8,430$15,862 6%
2006$7,954$15,386 6%
2005$7,504$14,516 9%
2004$6,882$13,314 8%
2003$6,374$12,330 13.9%
2002$5,598$11,086 8.2%
2001$5,176$10,352 3.3%
2000$5,013$9,917 7.6%
1999$4,660$9,320 4.5%
1998$4,460$8,920 4%
1997$4,288$8,576 5%
1996$4,084$8,168 4%
1995$3,927$7,854 5%
1994$3,740$7,480 4%
1993$3,596$7,192 9%
1992$3,300$6,570 10.3%
1991$2,993$5,877 5.9%
1990$2,826$5,426 7.5%
1989$2,630$4,830 10.1%
1988$2,388$4,352 13.5%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Kent State University at Kent to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 444 9% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 176 17% cheaper
Fashion Merchandising Bachelor's Degree 168 9% cheaper
General Studies Bachelor's Degree 143 3% cheaper
Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 136 27% cheaper
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 104 11% cheaper
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 96 30% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 76 6% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 66 6% cheaper
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 60 4% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 53 8% cheaper
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other Bachelor's Degree 47 11% cheaper
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 46 15% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 46 15% cheaper
Fashion/Apparel Design Bachelor's Degree 46 20% cheaper
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 45 12% cheaper
Commercial and Advertising Art Bachelor's Degree 44 13% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 44 22% cheaper
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 39 11% cheaper
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 39 14% cheaper
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 37 24% cheaper
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General Bachelor's Degree 33 3% cheaper
Education, General Bachelor's Degree 32 22% cheaper
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 32 14% cheaper
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 28 3% cheaper
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 27 9% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 24 19% cheaper
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 22 11% cheaper
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 21 16% cheaper
Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry Bachelor's Degree 19 27% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 17 32% cheaper
Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree 17 16% cheaper
Photojournalism Bachelor's Degree 17 18% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 16 26% cheaper
Painting Bachelor's Degree 16 25% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Bachelor's Degree 15 5% costlier
Natural Resources/Conservation, General Bachelor's Degree 14 17% cheaper
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 14 7% cheaper
Visual and Performing Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 12 19% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 11 23% cheaper
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 11 13% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 11 18% cheaper
Biotechnology Bachelor's Degree 10 12% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 10 13% cheaper
Health Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 9 8% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 3% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 9 18% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 9 28% cheaper
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 9 27% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 8 25% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 8 12% cheaper
Commercial Photography Bachelor's Degree 7 0% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 30% cheaper
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor Bachelor's Degree 7 6% cheaper
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 7 17% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 6 21% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 6 20% cheaper
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 6 4% cheaper
Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 6 26% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 5 11% cheaper
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 22% cheaper
Public Health, General Bachelor's Degree 5 19% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 5 4% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 4 10% cheaper
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Bachelor's Degree 4 10% cheaper
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 3 14% cheaper
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 3 8% cheaper
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 17% cheaper
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Bachelor's Degree 3 37% cheaper
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 4% costlier
Botany/Plant Biology Bachelor's Degree 2 18% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 2 19% cheaper
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 2 18% cheaper
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 36% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 2 18% cheaper
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 3% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 1 11% cheaper
Latin Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 37% cheaper
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst Bachelor's Degree 1 11% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 1 21% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 29% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 1 20% cheaper
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 1 29% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 1 21% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 1 27% cheaper
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 1 12% cheaper
Pre-Dentistry Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 22% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 1 20% cheaper
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 23% cheaper


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About Kent State University at Kent

Kent State University at Kent is a four year public college located in Kent, Ohio.  Full time enrollment is 21,028 and part time is 6,827.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 13,980 applicants. 12,231 were admitted and 4,351 enrolled.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Kent State University at Kent
Executive Office- 2nd Floor Library
Kent, Ohio

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Kent State University at Kent is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

Kent State University at Kent cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=203517 IPEDS survey data.

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