Financial Aid Checklist | Kent State University

Financial Aid Checklist

august - September


  •  Consider attending a financial aid workshop or high school presentation.
  •  Create an FSA ID. If the student is dependent, at least one parent must also apply. The FSA ID will serve as an electronic signature on the FAFSA.

Go to the FSA ID site

October - December

  •  File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by December 1 to ensure maximum financial aid eligibility.  Make sure you are completing the FAFSA for the correct aid year.  Complete the FAFSA no later than Feb 1.

Review the FAFSA site

  •  View an outstanding financial aid requirements via FlashLine.

Access your information on FlashLine

January - march

  • New Kent Campus freshman, register for Destination Kent State.
  • Review Terms and Conditions of receiving financial aid on FlashLine.
  • Update Enrollment Plan Information and summer enrollment plans, if necessary, on the "Resources/Additional Information" tab in FlashLine (will be available late February).
  • If you plan to enroll at Kent State University for summer semester and would like to use your financial aid, view more information.
  • Returning students can begin viewing their financial aid awards in late March via FlashLine.

April - May

  • To make an informed decision about borrowing a student loan, utilize tools and information regarding financial wellness.  Students are strongly encouraged to create a budget to project their expenses prior to attending.  Loans are funds that must be repaid; only borrow what you need after careful consideration.
  • If borrowing federal student loans:
  •  If borrowing a private/alternative student loan, compare lender options and apply through FastChoice
  • If awarded institutional scholarships from Kent State University, accept via FlashLine.

June - July

  •  New freshmen: Attend Destination Kent State and receive the "Your Financial Plan" document.
  •  Review your Kent State email account (beginning in July) for email notification regarding your e-bill.
  •  Visit the One Stop for detailed billing and due date information.
  •  Review information about authorization of Title IV aid under the Financial Aid section of FlashLine.
  •  Choose your student refund preference after receiving your BankMobile Welcome packet in the mail.