Due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19, my family’s income has changed. Can I appeal my financial aid eligibility for the 2020-2021 academic year to receive more funds?
Kent State University understands that your family may have experienced changes to your financial circumstances related to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. If your family’s financial circumstances have changed as a result of Coronavirus/COVID-19 (e.g. loss of income, death of parent or spouse), you have the option to complete the Special Circumstance Application. Through the special circumstance process, we can review the information previously submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if it is no longer an accurate representation of your family’s current financial situation.
How will financial aid be affected when I am reviewed for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at the end of spring 2020 term?
Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress reviews overall earned hours divided by overall attempted hours for the percent completion criteria. If a student decides to take the pass/fail option for designated courses, if the student passes the class those credits will count in earned and attempted hours.
If a student fails the class, the credits will not count in the students earned hours (and would hurt the percent completion rate) but would count in the attempted hours portion. Pass/fail grades do not affect overall GPA. Kent State University welcomes appeals from students who have extenuating circumstances who receive notification at the end of May that they do not meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.
For more information on the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy, students should refer to https://www.kent.edu/financialaid/SAP.
I was impacted by Coronavirus/COVID-19. Do I still need to complete Exit Counseling?
Yes, you should complete Exit Counseling to let your servicer aware of your status and apply any Coronavirus/COVID-19 relief available. If you do not know who your loan servicer is, you can find more information on StudentAid.gov, along with loan servicer contact information.
All of my classes were moved to remote instruction. Will online or remote courses affect my federal financial aid (VA benefits, PELL Grant, Federal Direct Loans)?
The U.S. Department of Education has indicated that, as long as students are enrolled and working toward their degrees, federal Pell Grants, SEOG grants and Federal Direct Loans should not be impacted by this disruption. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, students receiving GI Bill benefits have been advised that payments will continue for students who continue to be enrolled this term.
All of my classes were moved to remote instruction. Will online or remote courses affect my Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)?
No. However, students need to be enrolled at least 51% in Kent Campus-designated courses to receive OCOG.