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 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020 2019-2020 NOW 2017
Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021 2020-2021 NOW 2018
Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022 2021-2022 Beginning October 1, 2020 2019

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.  No pre-registration is required to attend.  Parking will be available in the Student Center Visitor Lot and validation will be provided at the events.  

Upcoming Workshops:  2020-2021 FAFSA in a Flash

Walk-in to the One Stop during the designated times below.  Select FAFSA Assistance in FlashQ and receive hands-on assistance to complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA.

Weekday Hours:

Oct. 7 - Nov. 15*:  9 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Special Evenings from 5 p.m - 7 p.m.: 
  • Monday, Oct. 7
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22
  • Thursday, Oct. 31
  • Monday, Nov. 4
  • Thursday, Nov. 14
Weekend Hours from 11 a.m - 4 p.m.:
  • Saturday, Nov. 2

*University closed on Nov. 11

What to bring to the workshop (if applicable)

  • Social Security card and driver's license
  • Alien Registration Card
  • 2018 Federal Tax Return for student and parent
  • 2018 W-2 form and other records and income
  • Records of untaxed income received in 2018
  • Current bank statements and records of stocks, bonds
  • Business or farm records
  • FSA ID

View more upcoming events presented by Federal Student Aid.

2019-2020 FAFSA

Students are encouraged to complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA as soon as possible. 

Complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA if you are attending Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020.