Keep up-to-date on all the latest news and events by checking back here.  We will include both Kent State University information as well as outside information that may be of interest to you.

This page is designed to give you the most up to date information and news available for Kent State Student Financial Aid.

View a list of recent FAQ's

Student Financial Aid Events

SFA Event Information

Important Dates

03/15/2015 Summer Priority Processing Date


SFA News Items

New FSA ID replaces Personal Identification Number (PIN)

Beginning April 26, 2015, a new login process will be implemented for those websites in which you would use your current PIN. These websites include FAFSA on the Web, NSLDS Student Access,, and the TEACH Grant website. The new FSA ID will replace the Federal Student AId PIN and will use a username and password. This will authenticate the student/parent identity to access their federal student aid information.

A step-by-step guide will be posted when available. Please prepare to complete the transition when you visit one of the impacted websites on or after April 26, 2015.

Direct PLUS Loan changes

Beginning March 29, 2015, new standards and procedures relating to adverse credit history will apply to all PLUS Loan credit checks.


Also, beginning the same time, it will be implemented that special loan counseling for any PLUS Loan applicant who has adverse credit, but qualifies for a PLUS Loan. Please see the below link for further details.

Need help completing your 2014 Federal Tax Return?

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) at Kent State provides tax preparation help to low-to moderate-income tax payers. Make an appointment and bring all of the required documents to your scheduled time. Visit the link below for more information including dates and times the site will be open.

Learn more

Did you receive a 1098T?

Did you recently receive a 1098T form in the mail or on FlashLine from the Bursar’s Office or a 1098E from Direct Loans and you are not sure how to interpret it? If you need help understanding tax treatment of financial aid or tax benefits for education the links below from the IRS will provide useful information. This includes information about the American Opportunity Credit.

Learn more

FAFSA Paper Applications

The Financial Aid Office will no longer have paper copies of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Students will be able to obtain a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center toll-free at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). Students may request up to three copies of the paper application and should receive their FAFSA in 3 to 7 business days. Students are encouraged to use the online method for filing the application. The FOTW Worksheet, the most effective tool students can use to facilitate the online application process.