Financial Aid Checklist

September - December


January - March

  •  Consider attending a financial aid workshop or high school presentation. Apply for a Federal Student Aid PIN. If the student is dependent, at least one parent must also apply. The PIN will serve as an electronic signature on the FAFSA.

Go to the PIN site

  •  File the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Feb. 15 for priority processing and to ensure maximum financial aid eligibility.

Review the FAFSA site

  •  View your student financial aid awards and/or any outstanding financial aid requirements via FlashLine.

Access your information on FlashLine

  •  If you will enroll at Kent State University in the summer and would like to use your financial aid, complete the Summer Aid Request Form.

April - May

  •  Students must accept, decline or reduce federal loans.

Log into FlashLine

  •  First-time borrowers: Sign the Master Promissory Note and complete Entrance Loan Counseling

Visit the studentloans.gov site

  •  Parents can apply for the Federal Direct PLUS Loan.

Apply on the studentloans.gov site

  •  View information about direct loan interest rates and repayment of federal loans.

Review the studentloans.gov site

  •  If borrowing a private/alternative student loan, compare lender options and apply through FastChoice. If awarded institutional scholarships, accept via FlashLine.

Visit the FastChoice site Log into FlashLine


June - August

  •  Check your Kent State email account (beginning in July) for email notification regarding your e-bills published by Bursar's Office (billing office).
  •  Visit the Bursar's Office for detailed billing and due date information.
  •  Review Bursar's Office FAQ including important information about Authorization of Title IV Aid (federal aid).

Go to the Bursar's site

  •  Make a refund selection using your Kent State Choice Card.

Go to the Kent State Choice Card site