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SMART Program

Looking to go away for college? The SMART program offers undergraduate students an amazing opportunity:

Attend EKU for less than attending many schools in your home state.

$10,300 Annual Tuition 

New undergraduates from any U.S. state entering EKU in the fall of 2020 are eligible for the SMART Program tuition of $5,150 per semester ($10,300 per year). When combined with EKU's affordable housing rates and meal plans, your total cost of attendance is lower than many schools in your home state, allowing you to pay less for an educational experience that is second-to-none.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there limitations to SMART?

SMART is not available to fully online or graduate students.

Is SMART available to transfer students?

Out of state transfer students may transfer to EKU and participate in the SMART program. Transfer students receiving the SMART Rate are not eligible for other transfer scholarships but may qualify for federal aid as well as departmental scholarships and foundation scholarships offered by EKU. Learn more at soto.eku.edu. International students who transfer to EKU from another college or university in the United States are also eligible for the SMART program.

What other financial aid is offered?

If you are a first-time freshman and have earned a high GPA and test scores, even more merit awards are available. Below are average qualifications for each level of award available.

  • SMART Scholar IV Awards - $1000 per student to those with a 4.0 HS GPA/29 -30 ACT Composite; SAT Combined score of 1350-1410
  • SMART Scholar III Awards - $3,000 per student to those with a 4.0 HS GPA/31 -32 ACT Composite; SAT Combined score of 1420-1480
  • SMART Scholar II Awards - $5,000 per student to those with a 4.0 HS GPA/33 ACT Composite; SAT Combined score of 1490-1520
  • SMART Scholar I Awards - $7,000 per student to those with a 4.0 HS GPA/34 or higher ACT Composite; SAT Combined score of 1530 - 1600

Find out if you qualify for an additional merit award with our Scholarship Estimator, and check out our online scholarship resource page for guidance on how to find other scholarships.

All students may qualify for federal aid as well as departmental scholarships and foundation scholarships offered by EKU.

How long does the SMART Program last?

As long as you meet Satisfactory Academic Progress and stay enrolled as a full-time student each semester, you will be eligible for SMART. You must remain continuously enrolled (Fall and Spring semesters) at EKU until you complete your first undergraduate degree. If you qualify for and accept a merit scholarship associated with SMART, the scholarship portion will expire after 8 consecutive semesters (Fall and Spring).


Questions? Contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@eku.edu or (859) 622-2106.