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Out-of-State Freshmen

Undergraduates from any U.S. state entering Eastern Kentucky University are eligible for the Out-of-State Discount Program. Get rewarded for your high school academic achievement! In addition to EKU’s discounted out-of-state tuition rate of $11,120 per year*, merit scholarships make EKU even more affordable. Based on a 4.0 high school GPA and standardized test scores, annual awards range from $1,000 to $7,000 for first-time freshmen coming to EKU from out of state.

Students must be admitted by the deadline and accept their awards to remain eligible. Awards are renewable for up to 8 terms, given they maintain full-time, continuous enrollment, and meet the GPA requirement.

Merit Scholarships for Out-of-State Students

Scholarship Name Eligibility Requirements Annual Award Renewal GPA
High School GPA ACT Composite Score SAT Combined Score
Scholar V 4.0 none required none required $500 3.0
Scholar IV 4.0 29-30 1350-1410 $1,000 3.0
Scholar III 4.0 31-32 1420-1480 $3,000 3.0
Scholar II 4.0 33 1490-1520 $5,000 3.0
Scholar I 4.0 34 or higher 1530-1600 $7,000 3.0
OOS Discount none required none required none required $9,810**

2.8 (23-24 starts)

3.2 (24-25 starts)

*Students who have already earned a baccalaureate degree are not eligible for the Out-of-State Discount. International Sponsored students do not qualify for the Out of State Discount.

**This is an estimated amount to bring the Out of State Tuition rate to $11,120 for 2024-2025.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

The scholarships listed below may require separate applications and may have different deadlines. Follow the links for more information.