Graduate Student Financial Aid Checklist

ADVANCE AT KENT STATE UNIVERSITY


APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID

  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal and state financial aid programs.  Students are encouraged to file as soon as possible beginning Oct. 1, for early FAFSA processing and awarding.  To ensure maximum eligibility, complete the FAFSA no later than Feb. 1.
  • View a collection of helpful videos on the FAFSA and financial aid.
  • View any outstanding financial aid requirements on FlashLine.
  • If requested, complete the verification process prior to receiving federal financial aid.
  • If your information submitted on the FAFSA is no longer an accurate representation of your family's current financial situation, consider completing a special circumstance application.
  • Complete enrollment plans on the Resources/Additional Information tab in FlashLine to receive your financial aid award.
  • If you plan to enroll at Kent State Univeristy for the summer semester and would like to use your financial aid, view how it may be adjusted for the academic year.

VIEW YOUR FINANCIAL AID AWARDS

  • Begin viewing your financial aid awards beginning mid-March in FlashLine.
  • Review Terms and Conditions of receiving financial aid on FlashLine.

TAKE ACTION ON YOUR FINANCIAL AID AWARDS

  • Accept any awarded institutional scholarships in offered status from Kent State University on FlashLine.
  • Report outside scholarships, awards and other tuition assistance you are bringing to Kent State University on the Resources/Additional Information tab in FlashLine.  Click the link for instructions.
  • 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, or through an education lender of your choice. 

REVIEW YOUR FINAL STEPS

  •  Notification of your invoice will be sent to you by email in July for fall semester and in December for spring semester.  If you are attending summer, invoices will be sent to you by email in April.  The invoice will list your actual expenses as of that day.
  •  Visit the One Stop website for detailed billing, payment and due date information.
  •  Review information about authorization of Title IV aid under the Financial Aid section of FlashLine.
  • Information on student refunds.