Applying for Aid | Student Financial Aid | Kent State University

Applying for Aid


The decision on what college or university to attend is one of the most important decisions that a person makes. The way to pay for that education is often the deciding factor on what school to attend. This page is designed to provide you with all the materials that you will need to apply for Federal Financial Aid at Kent State University.

NOTE: The recommended filing date for Kent State Student Financial Aid is December 1, 2018 for the 2019-2020 academic year.  To ensure maximum financial aid eligibility, complete the FAFSA no later than February 1, 2019.

Students applying for financial aid for the 2018-2019 academic year should complete their FAFSA immediately for the Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 semesters.  The priority deadline for 2018-2019 was February 1, 2018.

Step 1

The most important step is to simply apply using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some schools require applications for additional sources of aid like scholarships, receiving summer aid, etc.

create aN FSA ID

  • What's an FSA ID and why do you need one? The FSA ID will allow you to electronically sign your FAFSA, along with your Master Promissory Note.  Dependent students must have at least one parent create and FSA ID and password as well to electronically sign the FAFSA or complete a PLUS Loan Request.
  • More information on how to create an FSA ID can be found at the FSA ID website.  
  • To watch a video on creating an FSA ID, please visit our video page.

Complete the FAFSA

  • To complete the FAFSA, visit FAFSA on the Web.
  • To watch a video on how to complete the FAFSA, please visit our video page.
  • Students can find help completing the FAFSA online at
  • Students are always encouraged to contact the One Stop for Student Services or attend FAFSA Help Ohio for assistance with completion of the FAFSA.  For the latest information and events regarding the FAFSA, visit our news and events page.
  • To make sure you meet Kent State University's recommended filing date of December 1, complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 of each year.  The 2019-2020 FAFSA is required for financial aid for the Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.
  • The 2019-2020 FAFSA uses income from 2017.
  • Review more information on how to provide your financial information on the FAFSA.
  • The IRS Data Retrieval Tool will be available for the 2019-2020 FAFSA.  This will pull your 2017 income information straight from your tax return and input it into the FAFSA. To check your eligibility to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool, visit the FAFSA website.   If you are ineligible, you will need your 2017 Federal tax returns and W-2 forms to complete the FAFSA.
  • Make sure you use the proper Title IV School Code of 003051 for all students at Kent State University. If you will be attending one of our Regional Campuses, include only the school code that corresponds to the Regional Campus you wish to attend.

Step 2:


Contact the Kent State University Office of Admissions to make sure you have applied and been accepted to attend Kent State University.

Step 3:

What's Next?

In addition to applying for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), returning students only need to submit information on FlashLine to indicate their enrollment plans after January 1. 2019.  Incoming Freshmen do not need to submit their enrollment plans.

Students who Submitted Enrollment Plans:

Students who will submit enrollment plans on FlashLine will be awarded according to the responses you submitted. Please check FlashLine for updated information about your financial aid awards for 2019-2020. FlashLine navigation instructions can be found here:

Once you submit your enrollment plans, any unresolved issues may prevent financial aid awarding. Some issues include but are not limited to:

  • Outstanding financial aid requirements (for example, for verification)
  • Unsatisfactory Academic Progress status

Q: What if I submitted my answers online and changed my mind or need to make changes?

A: Students who need to make changes to enrollment plans should return to FlashLine.  On the "Resources/Additional Information" tab you will be able to resubmit your answers by submitting the Enrollment Plans Change Form (link will be available if applicable).

Students who did not Submit Enrollment Plans Online:
Students who did not submit enrollment plans online and completed a FAFSA for 2019-2020, will not be awarded financial aid. 

Step 4:

Review "Terms & Conditions" of receiving financial aid and review Student Requirements, Active Messages and/or Academic Progress.

  • Log on to FlashLine and select Student from the main menu.
  • Under Finances, click on Financial Aid.
  • Click on Financial Aid Awards, select the current aid year from the drop down and Submit.
  • Select the Terms & Conditions tab and read and acknowledge important information.
  • Select Overall Financial Aid Status at the bottom of the page to review Unsatisfied Requirements, Active Messages and/or Academic Progress.

That's It!

Once you have been admitted to Kent State University and Kent receives your application information from the Federal Government, you will receive a Notification of Financial Aid (Award Letter) in late February (new incoming freshman) or April (all other students) from Student Financial Aid.  Only new students will receive a paper award letter.  All others will receive an email notification to view their awards on FlashLine.

Remember to Apply for Scholarships

Kent State helps you find your purpose while providing an education that’s a good value for your future. We want to make it easy to afford and to plan for your college expenses. The Kent Campus offers a variety of scholarships for new students. You can qualify for scholarships for many reasons: academic merit, talent, financial need, field of study or participation in a specific program, organization or activity. Scholarship offers and award amounts will be determined by official testing and high school transcript information submitted to Kent State University at the time of application.  December 2018 is the last acceptable ACT/SAT test date for scholarship consideration.

To apply for scholarships at Kent State University: