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Border State
Scholarship Program

Increasing Access for Out-of-State Students

In-State Tuitionfor Border States

Full-time, first-time freshmen who are residents of any state that borders Kentucky can attend WKU for the in-state tuition rate. This scholarship will lower the tuition cost by nearly 60% for most students, and students can still stack on other institutional scholarships to further reduce cost.

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A map highlighting the states that border Kentucky: Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia

Eligible States

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Missouri
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

How Do I Apply for This Scholarship?

No separate application for the WKU Border State Scholarship is required. The scholarship will be awarded automatically based on information submitted on the application for admission. WKU's Border State Scholarship does not apply to students assessed the military rate, distance learning rate, or other already-discounted rates.

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What if I Don’t Reside in Kentucky or a Bordering State?

Non-resident first-time, full-time freshmen who have a 3.00 high school GPA or qualify for any university scholarship award will qualify for the Tuition Incentive Program (TIP). TIP will reduce the cost of out-of-state tuition by nearly 50%, and other scholarships can still stack.

Tuition Incentive Program

What Additional Scholarships May Be Available?

WKU allows students to stack scholarships, and any first-time freshman student with at least a 3.00 high school GPA will receive an automatic scholarship.

Additional Scholarships

How Can I Learn More?

You can get more information about the WKU Border State Scholarship, the Tuition Incentive Program, or becoming a Hilltopper by contacting the WKU Office of Admissions.

admission@wku.edu (270) 745-2551

 Last Modified 10/25/23