Students are now able to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) earlier. Students will be able to file a 2018–2019 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2017.
Benefits of completing your fafsa earlier
- You will be done early, and you will be more prepared for the upcoming year.
- Your financial aid will be finalized and you can search for need-based scholarships.
- Maximize your eligibility for certain need-based programs with limited funding.
- Less stress than waiting for the last minute to file!
- Time to make more informed financial decisions!
The following table provides a summary of key dates for FAFSA completion for the current and upcoming years, and what tax information you will provide.
semester you plan to attend
you will submit this FAFSA
You can submit the FAFSA from
Using income and tax information
|Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018||2017-2018||NOW||2015|
|Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019||2018-2019||NOW||2016|
|Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020||2019-2020||Beginning October 1, 2018||2017|
Kent State University students who will be enrolled for Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and/or Spring 2019 semester should plan to submit the 2018-2019 FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, 2017.
To ensure maximum financial aid eligibility, complete the FAFSA no later than February 1, 2018. The FAFSA now uses income from an earlier, already completed tax year. Therefore, you do not have to wait to complete your 2017 tax return!
To complete the FAFSA, visit FAFSA on the Web.
Incoming freshmen for the fall 2018 semester are expected to be awarded their comprehensive financial aid as a result of the FAFSA beginning late January to early February. Returning Kent State University students will be awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year beginning mid-February.
There are a few federal student aid programs that have limited funds, so be sure to apply as soon as you can once the FAFSA is available.
FAFSA in a FLASH
The One Stop for Student Services will be hosing free hands-on assistance in completing the 2018-2019 FAFSA. This is an open lab and no registration is required. Visitor parking will be available in the Student Center parking lot and validation will be provided at the event.
When: Every Wednesday, January 24-February 28 from 5-7 p.m.
Where: Kent Campus, University Library 333
2017-2018 FAFSA Information
For the 2017-2018 year, you must apply as soon as possible if you haven't completed your FAFSA for the current academic year to be awarded. The priority date for 2017-2018 was February 1, 2017, but you can still apply. The FAFSA should be completed well before all payment deadlines to ensure funds are available to assist with your bill. Contact the One Stop for Student Services for more information. The 2017-2018 academic year includes Summer 2017, Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.
General FAFSA information can be found on the Federal Student Aid website.