New Freshman Financial Aid Checklist

EXPLORE AND APPLY TO 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.

VIEW YOUR FINANCIAL AID AWARDS

  • Review your checklist in FlashLine.  Keep track of the steps you need to complete to be ready for the academic year.
    • Your checklist can be found by selecting "My Lists" on the top menu bar.
  • Review Terms and Conditions of receiving financial aid on FlashLine.
  • View an accept any scholarships 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.
  • Begin viewing your financial aid awarded as a result of the FAFSA beginning mid-February in FlashLine.
  • Check your Kent State email address regularly for important information from the One Stop for Student Services.
  • New Kent Freshman: register for Destination Kent State orientation.
  • New Freshman that plan to attend in the summer:
    • Contact the Admissions Office to update your Kent State University start term to summer.
    • Review enrollment plan information and complete enrollment plans on the "Resource/Additional Information" tab in FlashLine.
    • If you plan to enroll at Kent State University for summer semester and would like to use your financial aid, view more information.

TAKE ACTION ON YOUR FINANCIAL AID AWARDS

  • 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

  •  Attend Destination Kent State orientation.
  •  Notification of your invoice will be sent to you by email in July for fall semester and in December for spring semester.  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.
  • Choose your student refund selection after receiving your BankMobile Welcome packet in the mail.