The TRiO Student Support Services program offers various financial and money management informational resources and workshops including:
- Student Loans and Scholarships
- FAFSA advice
- Money Management
- Financial decision making
- Credit Card advice
There are over 700 scholarships offered by various Kent State University departments. The Student Financial Aid Online Scholarship Search is a database that contains the most recent scholarship information available to Kent State students. Some scholarships are administered by the Student Financial Aid Office. However, the majority of scholarships are managed by individual academic departments. To use the Scholarship Search, students complete a short profile and are then presented with a list of scholarships for which they may be eligible to apply. Each scholarship description will provide the student with eligibility criteria, the application deadline date, and a link to an online application, a printable application, or information on where to find more information about a specific scholarship program.
Scholarship helpful tips:
- Students should visit the online Scholarship Search often. It is constantly being updated with new information and opportunities.
- Be aware of deadline dates. Exceptions are not made for late applications.
- Don’t be in a hurry when completing an application. Take your time when writing scholarship essays. Make sure you are answering the question being asked and/or addressing the topic you were given. Be sure to use spell check!
There are several online scholarship search programs available to students to assist you in finding scholarship opportunities outside of Kent State. It is important to realize that these databases only identify scholarships that the student would potentially be qualified to apply for. The student must follow-up on their own to actually submit a scholarship application to the appropriate agency or sponsor. Some reputable search engines include:
Student loans are a form of financial aid that must be repaid. Therefore, it is important that students borrow wisely and borrow only what they need to cover their academic expenses each academic year. It is important that you set a budget each year and stick to it. Your FAFSA application serves as your student loan application for the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program. Kent State will offer you a student loan that you then must accept via your FlashLine account. For more information about the various types of student loans available, please visit the Student Financial Aid Office website
FAFSA ADVICE SECTION:
Kent State University requires only one financial aid application: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This online form is available at www.fafsa.gov.
- Students must file the FAFSA every year
- To meet Kent State University's Priority Processing Date of March 1st, complete the FAFSA no later than February 15th of each year
- Students and parents can use estimated amounts on the FAFSA if they have not completed their tax returns
- Make sure you use the proper Title IV School Code of 003051 so that Kent State will receive the results of your FAFSA application.
- When you receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the federal processor, read it carefully and check it over for any items that may need to be corrected. If you must make corrections or need to update estimated income numbers, please go back to www.fafsa.gov and select "Make Correction"
- Respond immediately to any requests for additional information from the federal processor or the Kent State University Student Financial Aid Office.
- Initial Financial Aid Award Letters are mailed to admitted first-year students who have completed all necessary paperwork beginning in mid-March.
- Initial Financial Aid Award notifications for continuing students are sent in April.
- All students can view their financial aid awards and their status via their FlashLine Account:
- Logon to your FlashLine Account at www.kent.edu
- Select the My Account Tab
- You will see the Financial Aid Section on the bottom right-hand side
- If you need additional funding after you are notified of your financial aid award, contact the Student Financial Aid Office.
- Students who wish to apply some of their aid to the summer terms at Kent State will need to submit a Summer Aid Request form available online at Financial Aid starting in January of every year.
For more information, visit the Student Financial Aid Office website at Financial Aid or call 330-672-2972 to speak with a Financial Aid representative.