Applying for Aid | Kent State University

Applying for Aid

Get started early by completing the FAFSA, the first step in the application process.

The decision on what college or university to attend is one of the most important decisions that a person makes. The way to pay for that education is often the deciding factor on what school to attend. This page is designed to provide you with all the materials that you will need to apply for Federal Financial Aid at Kent State University.

NOTE: The priority processing deadline for Kent State Student Financial Aid is December 1, 2016 for the 2017-2018 academic year.  To ensure maximum financial aid eligibility, complete the FAFSA no later than February 1, 2017.

Students applying for financial aid for the 2016-2017 academic year should complete their FAFSA immediately for the Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 semesters.  The priority deadline for 2016-2017 was March 1, 2016.

Step 1

The most important step is to simply apply using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some schools require applications for additional sources of aid like scholarships, receiving summer aid, etc.

create aN FSA ID

  • What's an FSA ID and why do you need one? The FSA ID replaces the Federal Student Aid PIN and will allow you to electronically sign your FAFSA, along with your Master Promissory Note.
  • More information on how to create an FSA ID can be found at the FSA ID website.  
  • To watch a video on creating an FSA ID, please visit our video page.

Complete the FAFSA

  • To complete the FAFSA, visit FAFSA on the Web.
  • To watch a video on how to complete the FAFSA, please visit our video page.
  • Students can find help completing the FAFSA online at the following website:

Learn More about FAFSA at

  • Students are always encouraged to contact the One Stop for Student Services or attend FAFSA Help Ohio for assistance with completion of the FAFSA.  For the latest information and events regarding Early FAFSA, visit our news and events page.
  • To make sure you meet Kent State University's Priority Processing Date of December 1, complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 of each year beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year.  The 2017-2018 FAFSA is required for financial aid for the Summer 2017, Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters.
  • The 2017-2018 FAFSA uses income from an earlier, already completed tax year.  Therefore, you do not have to wait to complete your 2016 tax return!
  • Review more information on how to provide your financial information on the FAFSA.
  • Make sure you use the proper Title IV School Code of 003051 for all students at Kent State University. If you will be attending one of our Regional Campuses, include only the school code that corresponds to the Regional Campus you wish to attend.

View the complete list of Title IV School Codes for all Kent State campuses

Step 2:


Contact the Kent State University Office of Admissions to make sure you have applied and been accepted to attend Kent State University.

Learn More About Admissions

Step 3:

What's Next

In addition to applying for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), students were informed to submit information on FlashLine to indicate their enrollment plans.

Prior to March 29, 2017 students were informed to go to FlashLine to submit their enrollment plans for the Summer, Fall and Spring semesters. Beginning March 30th, students can no longer submit their enrollment plan information on FlashLine. 

Students who Submitted Enrollment Plans:

Students who submitted enrollment plans on FlashLine prior to March 29th or submitted enrollment plan changes on this website will be awarded according to the responses you submitted. Please check FlashLine for updated information about your financial aid awards for 2017-2018. FlashLine navigation instructions can be found here:

If you submitted your enrollment plans, but were not awarded financial aid, your financial aid may not be awarded until you have resolved any issues that prevented financial aid awarding. Some issues include but are not limited to:

  • Outstanding financial aid requirements (for example, for verification)
  • Unsatisfactory Academic Progress status

Q: What if I submitted my answers online and changed my mind or need to make changes?

A: Students who have been awarded financial aid for 2017-2018 and need to make changes to enrollment plans must contact the One Stop for Student Services.


Students who did not Submit Enrollment Plans Online:
Students who did not submit enrollment plans online and completed a FAFSA for 2017-2018, will be awarded financial aid for Fall and Spring, if eligible. Students who plan to attend summer and have not been awarded for summer based on submitting enrollment plan information prior to March 29, 2017, must complete a Summer 2017 Aid Request Form online to request a loan or Federal Work Study for summer. Please see the Summer Financial Aid information page for more details on the summer financial aid process. 

View Information on Summer Financial Aid 

Step 4:

Review "Terms & Conditions" of receiving financial aid and review Student Requirements, Active Messages and/or Academic Progress.

  • Log on to FlashLine and select Student from the main menu.
  • Under Finances, click on Financial Aid.
  • Click on Financial Aid Awards, select the current aid year from the drop down and Submit.
  • Select the Terms & Conditions tab and read the important information.
  • Select Overall Financial Aid Status at the bottom of the page to review Unsatisfied Requirements, Active Messages and/or Academic Progress.

Additional instructions on how to view your financial aid on FlashLine  

That's It!

Once you have been admitted to Kent State University and Kent receives your application information from the Federal Government, you will receive a Notification of Financial Aid (Award Letter) in mid-December (new incoming freshman) or April (all other students) from Student Financial Aid.  Only new students will receive a paper award letter.  All others will receive an email notification to view their awards on FlashLine.

Remember to Apply for Scholarships

To apply for scholarships at Kent State University: