Nku Application Essay Prompt

In order to receive the I-20 form, which you will show to the consulate to obtain your visa, you must prove that you can pay the 9 month cost of attendance at NKU, which is currently $31,017 for the 2017-2018 school year (summer not included). For any questions regarding the student visa process, please refer to our Newly Admitted Students page.

You will need to submit the following:

  • Bank statement or Financial Guarantee from your sponsor - cannot be more the six months old and should be official, signed, and notarized by the bank
  • NKU Financial Certification Form - this must be submitted if the bank statements are not in your name

Note for Students Bringing Dependents:

If dependents (son, daughter, wife, or husband) will accompany you while you are studying at NKU, you will need to provide proof of an additional $6,000 for your spouse and/or $3,000 for each child that you plan to bring with you. The Dependent Request Form will need to be submitted along with your bank statement and NKU Financial Agreement Form.


The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) implemented readiness standards for all students entering Kentucky public colleges and universities in 2009.  If your standardized test scores fall below the CPE college readiness standards you will be required to take a College Placement Test to determine proper placement in English, math, and/or reading prior to orientation.

CPE Placement Standards

ACT:  English 18, Math 19, Reading 20

SAT (Prior to 3/2016): Writing 430, Math 460, Reading 470

SAT (After 3/2016): Writing and Language 25, Math 25, Reading 26

If your scores fall below the above mentioned, you must take a College Placement Test(s) in each of the areas in which you are deficient.  You will NOT be able to register for classes until your College Placement Test(s) have been taken. The College Placement Test is only available to admitted students.  You may choose to take the opportunity to re-take the SAT or ACT test to raise your subject scores.

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