Flashes Go Further Scholarship Program

The new Flashes Go Further Scholarship Program is a one-of-a-kind program covering more costs to help students graduate.  This means these eligible students will graduate free of debt for tuition and general fees!

The Flashes Go Further Scholarship Program is based on Kent State’s mission to transform lives and communities through the power of discovery, learning and creative expression and the university’s commitment to access and completion.

Graduates

“This program is a testament to our deep commitment to access and completion for all,” President Todd Diacon noted. “We are consistently recognized nationally for our success in graduating more students. Our graduation rate is already the highest in northern Ohio and the third highest in the state, but we won’t rest until all students we enroll graduate and succeed in their first jobs after college or enroll in our graduate programs.”

View eligibility requirements below based on the student's grade level.

Who is Eligible?

  • Incoming new first-year students (enrolling immediately after high school graduation, with or without CCP credit hours) enrolling full-time at the Kent Campus
  • Incoming Freshmen and Sophomore transfer students (Kent State is accepting 0-59 credit hours) enrolling full-time at the Kent Campus
  • Returning Freshmen and Sophomores (0-59 overall earned credit hours) enrolling full-time at the Kent Campus

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • U.S. Citizens or permanent residents
  • Must be classified as an Ohio resident for tuition
  • Enrolled in a bachelor’s degree granting program
    • The Exploratory major and pre-majors for a bachelor's degree are eligible
  • Must be working toward first bachelor’s degree.  Post-undergraduates are not eligible.
  • Must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current academic year and have a calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 10,000 or less
  • Student must submit all requested financial aid documents to the Student Financial Aid Office and the FAFSA must be free of all holds and processing issues (see  financial aid status)
  • Student must meet the standards of the  Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
  • Enrolled full-time at the Kent Campus (minimum of 12 credit hours designated as Kent Campus courses) each semester.  Courses can be in-person, remote, or online.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Enroll full-time at the Kent Campus (minimum of 12 Kent Campus credit hours)
  • Submit the FAFSA for the current academic year
  • No separate scholarship application is required. 
  • All students will be screened for eligibility automatically each semester
  • Eligible students will be notified via their Kent State email address in August

How scholarship amount is determined

  • The Flashes Go Further Scholarship covers the difference between Instructional Fees + General Fees + a book scholarship (up to $1,200 a year) and other grants and scholarships
  • Award will be reduced if the student receives additional scholarships or grants from any source
  • Award may be reduced or canceled if the student changes their schedule, drops or withdraws from a course, or their tuition charges change for any other reason
  • Sample Scholarship Calculation: One Semester

   Tuition Instructional Fee
+ Tuition General Fee
+ $600 Book Scholarship
= Total Allowable Fees
- Federal Grants and Scholarships
- State Grants and Scholarships
- Kent State University Tuition Fee Waivers
- Kent State University Scholarships
- Kent State University Grants
- Tuition-specific Veteran's benefits if it covers 100% of tuition
- External grants, scholarships and any other awards from an outside source that are tuition-specific (must be designated by the donor)
= Flashes Go Further Scholarship Award Amount

The Flashes Go Further Scholarship cannot be applied to:

  • Housing
  • Meal plans
  • Career Services Fee
  • Program fees
  • Special Course fees
  • Distance learning course fees
  • Legal Services Fee
  • Flight fees
  • Lab fees
  • Book fees

How award is released to students

  • The Flashes Go Further Book Scholarship will be awarded first
  • Some students will only qualify for a Flashes Go Further Book Scholarship or a partial book scholarship
  • If awarded, the Flashes Go Further Scholarship Book Scholarship will be released to students beginning 10 days before the start of each semester.  The book funds cannot be released any sooner.   Book funds will be processed through the Bursar’s Office refund process.  It is important that you verify your financial aid refund preference at refundselection.com.   If you have any questions about the refund process or your student account, please contact the One Stop for Student Services or by calling 330-672-6000.
  • If awarded, the tuition portion of the Flashes Go Further Scholarship will be applied to the student’s account

Scholarship Renewal Criteria

  • First-time Freshman, enrolling immediately after high school graduation, are eligible for a maximum of 8 semesters or until graduation with their bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first
  • Returning freshmen, sophomores, and incoming freshmen and sophomore transfer students are eligible for a maximum of 6 semesters or until graduation with their bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first
  • The award is available only for the fall and spring semesters, but students will be permitted to request 1 of their semesters of eligibility during a summer term
  • This award cannot be extended beyond the 8 or 6 semester limits
  • Student must file the FAFSA every academic year and complete any requests for additional information from the Student Financial Aid Office
  • The student must demonstrate financial need, as determined by the results of each year's FAFSA.
  • Student must enroll in a minimum of 12 Kent Campus credit hours each semester.  Students who do not enroll full-time at the Kent Campus in any fall or spring semester will not be eligible for a future award until their last semester before graduation with their bachelor’s degree
  • Student must meet the Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress every semester

For questions about this new program, contact scholarships@kent.edu

Who is Eligible?

Students with Junior or Senior standing that are enrolled at any campus, will be reviewed for a possible Flashes Go Further Scholarship only for their last semester prior to graduation with their first bachelor's degree.

  • Kent Campus Incoming Junior and Senior Transfer Students (60 or more earned credit hours accepted at KSU)
  • Returning Kent Campus Junior and Senior Students (60 or more earned credit hours)

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • U.S. Citizens or permanent residents
  • Must be classified as an Ohio resident for tuition
  • Enrolled in a bachelor’s degree granting program
  • Must be working toward first bachelor’s degree.  Post-undergraduates are not eligible.
  • Must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the academic year during which the student will graduate with their bachelor’s degree.
  • The FAFSA must have a calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 10,000 or less
  • Student must submit all requested financial aid documents to the Student Financial Aid Office and the FAFSA must be free of all holds and processing issues (see  financial aid status)
  • Student must meet the standards of the  Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
  • Enrolled in Kent State University coursework for the last semester prior to graduation with the first bachelor’s degree

HOW TO APPLY

  • Submit the FAFSA for the academic year during which the student will graduate
  • No separate scholarship application is required
  • All students will be screened for eligibility automatically
  • Eligible students will be notified via their Kent State email address in August

how scholarship amount is determined

  • The Flashes Go Further Scholarship covers the difference between Instructional Fees + General Fees and other grants and scholarships
  • Award will be reduced if the student receives additional scholarships or grants from any source
  • Award may be reduced or cancelled if the student changes their schedule, drops or withdraws from a course, or their tuition charges change for any other reason
  • Sample Scholarship Calculation:  One Semester

   Tuition Instructional Fee
+ Tuition General Fee
= Total Allowable Fees
- Federal Grants and Scholarships
- State Grants and Scholarships
- Kent State University Tuition Fee Waivers
- Kent State University Scholarships
- Kent State University Grants
- Tuition-specific Veteran's benefits if it covers 100% of tuition
- External grants, scholarships and any other awards from an outside source that are tuition-specific (must be designated by the donor)
= Flashes Go Further Scholarship Award Amount

The Flashes Go Further Scholarship cannot be applied to:

  • Housing
  • Meal plans
  • Career Services Fee
  • Program fees
  • Special Course fees
  • Distance learning course fees
  • Legal Services Fee
  • Flight fees
  • Lab fees
  • Book fees

How award is released to students

  • If awarded, the tuition portion of the Flashes Go Further Scholarship will be applied to the student’s account

For questions about this new program, contact scholarships@kent.edu

Who is Eligible?

Students enrolled at a Regional Campus, regardless of class level, will be reviewed for a possible Flashes Go Further Scholarship only for their last semester prior to graduation with their first bachelor's degree.

  • If a Regional Campus student is also enrolled in at least 12 Kent Campus credit hours, they can be considered for a Kent Campus Flashes Go Further Scholarship.  See tab 1 or 2, depending on your class level, for more information.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • U.S. Citizens or permanent residents
  • Must be classified as an Ohio resident for tuition
  • Enrolled in a bachelor’s degree granting program
  • Must be working toward first bachelor’s degree.  Post-undergraduates are not eligible.
  • Must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the academic year during which the student will graduate with their bachelor’s degree.
  • The FAFSA must have a calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 10,000 or less
  • Student must submit all requested financial aid documents to the Student Financial Aid Office and the FAFSA must be free of all holds and processing issues (see  financial aid status)
  • Student must meet the standards of the  Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
  • Enrolled in Kent State University coursework for the last semester prior to graduation with the first bachelor’s degree

HOW TO APPLY

  • Submit the FAFSA for the academic year during which the student will graduate
  • No separate scholarship application is required
  • All students will be screened for eligibility automatically
  • Eligible students will be notified via their Kent State email address in August

how scholarship amount is determined

  • The Flashes Go Further Scholarship covers the difference between Instructional Fees + General Fees and other grants and scholarships
  • Award will be reduced if the student receives additional scholarships or grants from any source
  • Award may be reduced or cancelled if the student changes their schedule, drops or withdraws from a course, or their tuition charges change for any other reason
  • Sample Scholarship Calculation:  One Semester

   Tuition Instructional Fee
+ Tuition General Fee
= Total Allowable Fees
- Federal Grants and Scholarships
- State Grants and Scholarships
- Kent State University Tuition Fee Waivers
- Kent State University Scholarships
- Kent State University Grants
- Tuition-specific Veteran's benefits if it covers 100% of tuition
- External grants, scholarships and any other awards from an outside source that are tuition-specific (must be designated by the donor)
= Flashes Go Further Scholarship Award Amount

The Flashes Go Further Scholarship cannot be applied to:

  • Housing
  • Meal plans
  • Career Services Fee
  • Program fees
  • Special Course fees
  • Distance learning course fees
  • Legal Services Fee
  • Flight fees
  • Lab fees
  • Book fees

How award is released to students

  • If awarded, the tuition portion of the Flashes Go Further Scholarship will be applied to the student’s account

For questions about this new program, contact scholarships@kent.edu

Who is Eligible?

  • Incoming master’s degree students enrolling for the first time during the fall semester
  • Must be admitted to a master’s degree program and enrolled at the Kent Campus
  • Student must have graduated with their bachelor’s degree within the last calendar year
  • Students who are dually enrolled in both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree will not be eligible until they have earned their bachelor’s degree
  • U.S. Citizens or permanent residents only
  • Must be classified as an Ohio resident for tuition

HOW TO APPLY

  • No separate scholarship application is required
  • All students will be screened for eligibility automatically
  • Eligible students will be notified via their Kent State email address

how scholarship amount is determined

  • Student can receive the award for two semesters, up to a maximum of $1,000 per semester
  • To receive the second semester award, the student must earn a minimum of 1 graduate credit hour during the first semester and still be enrolled in a Kent State master’s degree program
  • How the award is calculated:

   Tuition Instructional Fee
+ Tuition General Fee
= Total Allowable Fees
- Gift Aid*
= Flashes Go Further Scholarship Award Amount

*Grants, scholarships, tuition waivers, veteran's benefits

The Flashes Go Further Scholarship cannot be applied to:

  • Housing
  • Meal plans
  • Career Services Fee
  • Program fees
  • Special Course fees
  • Distance learning course fees
  • Legal Services Fee
  • Flight fees
  • Lab fees
  • Book fees

How award is released to students

  • If awarded, the tuition portion of the Flashes Go Further Scholarship will be applied to the student’s account

For questions about this new program, contact scholarships@kent.edu