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Scholarship FAQs

Q. How do I apply for scholarships at Kent State University?

Incoming Freshmen:

Students who will attend the Kent Campus should complete the Undergraduate Application for Admission and be admitted to the Kent Campus of Kent State University no later than January 15, to ensure that you are considered for incoming freshmen scholarships awarded by the Admissions Office, Honors College, and the Student Financial Aid Office.

Incoming freshmen scholarship awards are based on academic performance (cumulative high school GPA and test scores) and in some cases the student’s academic major, talent, financial need, extracurricular activities and demonstrated leadership.

In addition to scholarships awarded by the Admissions Office, Honors College and Student Financial Aid Office, students can also apply for scholarships awarded by various departments at Kent State University. To search for these additional opportunities visit the Online Scholarship Search Qualifier

Continuing Student Scholarships

Scholarship awards are based on academic performance (cumulative Kent State University GPA) and in some cases the student’s academic major, talent, financial need, extracurricular activities and demonstrated leadership.

In addition to scholarships awarded by the Student Financial Aid Office, students can also apply for scholarships awarded by various departments at Kent State University. To search for these additional opportunities visit the Online Scholarship Search Qualifier

Students who will attend a Regional Campus should contact that campus for more information regarding scholarship opportunities and deadline dates.

Incoming Transfer Student Scholarships:

Students who will attend the Kent Campus should apply and be admitted to Kent State University no later than January 15, to ensure that you are considered for transfer student scholarships awarded by the Admissions Office and the Student Financial Aid Office.

Scholarship awards are based on academic performance (cumulative GPA from all prior colleges attended) and in some cases the student’s academic major, talent, financial need, extracurricular activities and demonstrated leadership.

In addition to scholarships awarded by the Admissions Office and the Student Financial Aid Office, students can also apply for scholarships awarded by various departments at Kent State University. To search for these additional opportunities visit the Online Scholarship Search Qualifier

Q. What if I missed the deadline for applying for scholarships?

If your scholarship application is received late, you will be placed on a waiting list. If additional awards become available, on-time applicants will be reviewed first. If awards are still available, we will then look at all scholarship applicants.

Q. Can I use my scholarship at a Regional Campus?

Many scholarships require that you enroll the Kent Campus of Kent State University for minimum of 12 credit hours each semester. Please refer to the stipulations associated with your specific scholarship award. This information is often available on your FlashLine account by following the directions below. You can also contact the Student Financial Aid Office for more information.

Q. Do I have to apply for scholarships every year?

If the scholarship you are currently receiving is a non-renewable scholarship, you will have to reapply to be considered for the scholarship during the upcoming year. If your scholarship is a renewable scholarship, then the scholarship will be renewed automatically, provided that you have met the renewal criteria. The renewal criteria varies for each scholarship. Please refer to the stipulations associated with your specific scholarship award. This information is often available on your FlashLine account by following the directions below. You can also contact the Student Financial Aid Office for more information.

Q. What are the eligibility and renewal criteria for my scholarship?

Scholarship stipulations for awards made by the Student Financial Aid Office, Admissions Office, and Honors College are available on your FlashLine account. Please follow the directions below and contact the Student Financial Aid Office if you have any questions. For scholarships awarded by other departments, please contact the appropriate office for more information.

  1. Login to your FlashLine Account at www.kent.edu
  2. Select the My Account tab at the top of the page
  3. Under Financial Aid, choose My Financial Aid
  4. Select Award
  5. Select Aid for Award Year
  6. Choose the current Award Year from the drop-down menu and click the Submit button
  7. Click on the Accept Award Offer tab
  8. Click on the name of each scholarship and carefully read the Eligibility and Renewal Criteria for that award

Q. If I did not meet the renewal criteria in order to receive my scholarship next year, is there anything I can do?

Students who did not meet the criteria required for the renewal of their scholarship have the opportunity to appeal. You must submit an email to the Assistant Director for Scholarship Coordination Services explaining what extenuating circumstances contributed to you not meeting the criteria, and provide documentation. For example, if you suffered an illness, you must submit medical documentation. If there was a death in the family, submit a funeral program or obituary notice.

Q. Can I bring an external scholarship to Kent?

Yes! You are welcome to bring any scholarship you receive from an external source (such as your high school, church, employers) to Kent State University. If the organization awarding the scholarship sends a check made payable to both the student and Kent State University, the student must endorse the check and either take it to the Bursar's Office in person or mail it to the Bursar's office. All external scholarships must be reported to the Student Financial Aid Office, even if the organization gave the student a check made out to them personally.

Q. Will an external scholarship affect scholarships or other financial aid that I am receiving from KSU?

Your Kent State University scholarship may be adjusted if you receive another scholarship and/or benefit that covers the same fees. For example, if the student will have a University Fee Waiver, then they will not be permitted to receive a tuition scholarship.

Kent State University scholarships are limited to direct University costs. A combination of Kent State University scholarships, grants, and outside scholarships cannot exceed the Cost of Attendance Budget established for each student by Kent State University.

Q. Will I be eligible for KSU scholarships if I will have a faculty/staff/dependent fee waiver for tuition?

Although many KSU scholarships are specifically for tuition, students who will have a tuition fee waiver are still encouraged to apply for scholarships. Whenever possible, scholarships administrated by the Student Financial Aid Office, Admissions Office, and the Honors College, will be changed from a tuition-only scholarship to a room and board scholarship for the same amount. A room and board scholarship requires the student to live in KSU housing and sign-up for a KSU meal plan. Students who will commute from home or choose to live off-campus will be offered a commuter meal plan that will allow them to access available dining service options while on campus. Please note, students who choose this option will receive a maximum of $1,400 per year ($700 per semester) in the board scholarship. Students who choose to not live on campus and not to use a commuter meal plan will be offered a book scholarship valued at $1,200 per year ($600 per semester). It is important that students selected as scholarship recipients notify the Student Financial Aid Office immediately if they will receive a KSU tuition waiver.

Q. Can I use my room and/or board scholarship if I live off campus?

Room scholarships can only be used to pay room charges incurred from living in University-owed housing during the semester in question. If the student chooses to live off-campus, they will forfeit their room scholarship.

Board scholarships can only be used to pay charges incurred from selecting a University board (dining) plan. Off-campus students can register for a dinning plan and therefore retain their board scholarship. If the student chooses not to select a board plan, they will forfeit their board scholarship.


Contact the Student Financial Aid Office if you have any additional questions.