Students are now able to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) earlier.
Complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA if you are attending Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020.
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 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019||2018-2019||NOW||2016|
|Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020||2019-2020||NOW||2017|
|Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021||2020-2021||Beginning October 1, 2019||2018|
To ensure maximum financial aid eligibility, complete the FAFSA no later than February 1, 2019. The FAFSA now uses income from an earlier, already completed tax year. Therefore, you do not have to wait to complete your 2018 tax return!
Incoming freshmen for the fall 2019 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 2019-2020 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 workshops for students to receive free hands-on assistance in completing the 2019-2020 FAFSA at the Library of the Kent Campus. No registration is required to attend. Parking will be available in the Student Center Visitor Lot and validation will be provided at the event.
View more upcoming events presented by Federal Student Aid.
For the 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 was February 1, 2018, 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 2018-2019 academic year includes Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019.
General FAFSA information can be found on the Federal Student Aid website.