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Financial Aid for Kent State Students

To prepare for your NYC Studio experience and financing your semester in New York, please review the scholarship information and our NYC Studio financial aid checklists below.


NYC Studio Director's Scholarship

Established in 2015

Founded by the NYC Studio Director, Young Kim Thanos, and generously funded by the friends and family of the NYC Studio, the scholarship supports those students who want to further their academic success and professional experience by participating in the NYC Studio programs.

Scholarships will be awarded to an NYC Studio student each Fall, Spring and Summer session who demonstrates a combination of strong financial need and excellent academic standing.

  • Majors Eligible: Design and Merchandising
  • Classification Eligible: Sophomores and Juniors who meet the program eligibility requirements.
  • Students MUST provide their FAFSA EFC results when applying for the NYC Studio Director's Scholarship.

Fashion School Scholarships

There are a number of scholarships available to NYC Studio students through the Fashion School. For eligibility and further details please visit the Scholarships section of the Fashion School’s website.

  • Donna Hayes Endowed Fashion Design Scholarship
  • Drs. Geneva M. and O. Rex Damron Scholarship Endowment for Fashion Design
  • Elizabeth A. Rhodes Scholarship in Fashion
  • Judith and Christopher Everett Endowed Scholarship for Fashion Merchandising
  • Karen and Kenneth Conley Endowed Fashion Award for International Study or Internship for Fashion Design
  • Karen and Kenneth Conley Endowed Fashion Award for International Study or Internship for Fashion Merchandising
  • Margaret and Thomas Catalano Endowed Scholarship
  • Martha Phillips & Lynn Phillips Manulis Endowed Scholarship
  • NYC Studio Director's Scholarship
  • Robert J. and Lizabeth Gunton Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship application & deadline

All scholarship application forms are due by January 27, 2017 by 5 pm.

To apply, visit the Scholarships page on The Fashion School's website and submit the online scholarship application form. 

Scholarship applications must be completed and submitted online ONLY, paper copies or printouts will not be accepted. All attachments must be uploaded into the online form and the application must be completed in one sitting. Before beginning the online application, please read the instructions all the way through and gather all of your required attachment materials.

You will need these required attachments:

  • Scanned copy of your Official Academic Transcript, including Fall 2015 grades
  • Statement of Application
  • Copy of your FAFSA EFC results (if you are applying for scholarships that require financial need)

2016-17 FAFSA REQUIRED FOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION 

  • Complete the 2016-17 FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1, 2016.
  • Students MUST provide their FAFSA EFC results when applying for scholarships that require financial need. The EFC number can be found on the SAR report.

Financial Aid Checklists

The information below is intended to help you prepare for your study-away experience in New York City. If you would like a hard copy of this information, please feel free to download and print the Fall/Spring Financial Aid Checklist (PDF) or the Summer Financial Aid Checklist (PDF).

If you have any questions, Alana Thompson, Financial Aid Counselor-Education Abroad, is the NYC Studio contact in the Student Financial Aid Office. She can be reached via e-mail, abaudo@kent.edu, or by phone at (330) 672-2972.

Complete the Academic Year 2017-2018 FAFSA NOW!

  • In addition to federal loans, private loans are another option. For more information on private loans use FASTChoice.

  • If you did not borrow up to your federal loan eligibility for the current ‘17/’18 academic year, you still have time to do so. On Flashline you can review if your Kent State student account is paid in full, as the loan money would be refunded to you and can help with your expenses for the NYC Studio.

Complete the 2017-2018 NYC Housing Addendum

  • This allows the Student Financial Aid Office to take into account your housing costs.

  • The 2017-2018 NYC Housing Addendum (PDF) can be submitted at any time, after you have figured out your housing arrangements and costs.

Review your options for funding your semester in the Big Apple

  • Save as much money as you can from working. Set up a budget and stick to it.

  • Search for Kent State scholarships on the Student Financial Aid website.

  • Register on several of the external search engine sites for national database searches.

  • Federal Direct Loan eligibility: If you are a junior, $3750 would be for your NYC Studio semester. Independent students (based on the FAFSA results) would be eligible for another $2500 in Unsubsidized Direct Loan. **You must accept, reduce or decline (via Flashline) your Direct Loans.

  • Any other financial aid you are awarded.

Parent PLUS loan or Alternative/Private loan

  • The federally regulated Direct Parent PLUS loan is a loan a parent or step-parent borrows. The parent must pass a credit review and will enter repayment 60 days after the funds are fully disbursed, unless the deferment option is chosen. Direct Loans now offers a deferment for the Parent PLUS loan until after you either graduate or drop below half time. The borrower should receive information about that process. IF your parent does not pass the credit check, it allows you to borrow additional money in the Unsubsidized Direct Loan program OR your parent has the option to obtain an endorser or provide documentation to Direct Loans showing their credit issue(s) have been resolved. The Direct Parent PLUS loan interest rate can vary, for the current rate please visit the Student Financial Aid website. Independent students are not eligible to have a Parent PLUS loan.

  • The Alternative/Private loan is a loan the student borrows from a bank or lending institution. Lenders have their own rules for their loans. Some allow repayment after graduation, some have endorser release clauses. The loans are not federally regulated and the interest rate can vary or you may find a lender that caps the interest rate. Most students require a credit worthy co-signer, but it does not have to be a parent. The processing time has increased from previous years and may take up to 4 -6 weeks to process.

  • While you may apply for loans at any time, we suggest you complete the Housing Addendum and wait until your cost of attendance has been increased so there is room in your budget. Your account will be updated and you will be notified once your cost of attendance has been increased.

  • Information about both loans may be found on the Student Financial Aid website.

Prior to arriving in New York City

  • Plan on having 2-3 weeks of expenses with you as it does take time for the Bursar’s Office to process a refund (if you are expecting one).

  • If you have not already done so, set up direct deposit with the Bursar’s Office to expedite your refund. Go to FlashLine, Student Tools, Direct Deposit of Student Account Refunds and provide routing information.

  • If you are in NYC in January 2016, mark your calendar to complete the 16-17 FAFSA.

Complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER OCTOBER 1ST, 2017

  • In addition to federal loans, private loans are another option. Fore more information on private loans use FASTChoice.

Submit your Enrollment Plans via Flashline

  • By submitting your summer enrollment plans you will automatically be awarded for the summer, fall and spring semesters.

  • If you need to request additional financial aid, you can complete the supplemental summer application after completing the NYC Housing Addendum.

Complete the 2017-2018 NYC Housing Addendum

  • This allows the Student Financial Aid Office to take into account your housing costs.

  • The 2017-2018 NYC Housing Addendum (PDF) can be submitted at any time, after you have figured out your housing arrangements and costs.

Review your options for funding your summer in the Big Apple

  • Save as much money as you can from working. Set up a budget and stick to it.

  • Search for Kent State scholarships on the Student Financial Aid website.

  • Register on several of the external search engine sites for national database searches.

  • Federal Direct Loan eligibility used in the summer will reduce your fall/spring amounts.

  • Any other financial aid you have been awarded.

Parent PLUS loan or Alternative loan

  • The federally regulated Direct Parent PLUS loan is a loan a parent or step-parent borrows. The parent must pass a credit review and will enter repayment 60 days after the funds are fully disbursed, unless the deferment option is chosen. Direct Loans now offers a deferment for the Parent PLUS loan until after you either graduate or drop below half time. The borrower should receive information about that process. IF your parent does not pass the credit check, it allows you to borrow additional money in the Unsubsidized Direct Loan program OR your parent has the option to obtain an endorser or provide documentation to Direct Loans showing their credit issue(s) have been resolved. The Direct Parent PLUS loan interest rate can vary, for the current rate please visit the Student Financial Aid website. Independent students are not eligible to have a Parent PLUS loan.

  • The Alternative/Private loan is a loan the student borrows from a bank or lending institution. Lenders have their own rules for their loans. Some allow repayment after graduation, some have endorser release clauses. The loans are not federally regulated and the interest rate can vary or you may find a lender that caps the interest rate. Most students require a credit worthy co-signer, but it does not have to be a parent. The processing time has increased from previous years and may take up to 4 -6 weeks to process.

  • While you may apply for loans at any time, we suggest you complete the Housing Addendum and wait until your cost of attendance has been increased so there is room in your budget. Your account will be updated and you will be notified once your cost of attendance has been increased. 

  • Information about both loans may be found on the Student Financial Aid website.

Prior to arriving in New York City

  • Plan on having 2-3 weeks of expenses with you as it does take time for the Bursar’s Office to process a refund (if you are expecting one).