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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.

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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 10/23/20