Step 1: Before You Apply

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AM I ELIGIBLE?

View the eligibility criteria for the federal student aid programs.

Eligibility Criteria   Quick Eligibility Chart

FINANCIAL AID 101

Learn the basics of financial aid, including about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), in this 30 minute video.

Financial Aid 101 Video

FINANCIAL AID CHECKLIST

Take a look at our checklist to get an early start and help you keep on track with your financial aid. 

Financial Aid Checklist

GOVERNMENT/COMMERCIAL INFORMATION

To gain a broader understanding and help you plan for college,  start with looking and some government and commercial Web sites. These sites can help you get ahead when plotting your course for success.

GET YOUR FSA ID

The first step in the process for applying for federal and state aid is to apply for an FSA ID. Your FSA ID serves as your electronic signature on your FAFSA and signing your Master Promissory Note, if you choose to accept a direct loan.  If you are a dependent student, a parent will also need to apply for an FSA ID. 

Create an FSA ID

FAFSA PREPARATION

The FAFSA4caster will provide an estimate of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The Department of Education provides many other sources of information that will help you understand how to complete the FAFSA.

KENT STATE'S NET PRICE CALCULATOR

Kent State's Net Price Calculator will estimate your financial aid awards and provide you with how much you may need to pay out -of-pocket to attend Kent State University.

KSU Net Price Calculator

OTHER CALCULATORS

 Student Loan Calculator  Student Budget Calculator 

KSU SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH

Searching for available Kent State scholarships is easy. Enter the required information, press a button and a list of possible Kent State scholarships will appear before your very eyes.

KSU Scholarship Search

OTHER SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH SITES

In addition to Kent State scholarships, many commercial sites advertise scholarships available through organizations and businesses.

External Scholarship Search Sites

Go to Step 2:  Applying for Aid