2021-2022 FAFSA will be available beginning October 1, 2020!

2020-2021 FAFSA

Students are now able to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) earlier. 

Complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA if you are attending Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021. 

Complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA now! 

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!

View a collection of videos to assist you and your parent(s) in completing the FAFSA, along with other additional financial aid information! This includes how to complete the FAFSA using the new myStudentAid mobile app!

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 

Using income and tax information

Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021 2020-2021 NOW 2018
Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022 2021-2022 Beginning October 1, 2020 2019
Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023 2022-2023 Beginning October 1, 2021 2020

To ensure maximum financial aid eligibility, complete the FAFSA no later than February 1, 2020.  The FAFSA now uses income from an earlier, already completed tax year.  Therefore, you do not have to wait to complete your 2019 tax return!

Incoming freshmen for the fall 2020 semester are expected to be awarded their comprehensive financial aid as a result of the FAFSA  beginning  late February.  Returning Kent State University students will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year beginning April.

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.


The One Stop for Student Services will be holding various workshops for students at the Library of the Kent Campus.  Please stay tuned for future events.

View more upcoming events presented by Federal Student Aid.