Financial Aid

What is Financial Aid?

Financial aid is funding to assist in paying for your college education.  Two categories of financial aid are gift and self-help aid.

  • Gift Aid does not need to be repaid and comes in the form of grants and scholarships.

  • Self-Help Aid must be paid back and comes in the form of loans and employment.

Financial aid at Kent State University is awarded to students based on financial need and/or merit. A student may have a combination of grants, loans, scholarships, and employment included in the overall financial aid award.

How do I Apply for Financial Aid?

You may apply for financial aid by going to the federal government's FAFSA website.

What is FAFSA?
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and it's the almost universal application for financial aid, including loans, grants, college work-study, and other federal and state programs. It is often required before a student can be considered for scholarships as well. The FAFSA can only be submitted online. Students submit a FAFSA for every academic year.

How do I contact the Financial Aid office?
Any financial aid questions can be directed to Financial Aid Coordinator Justin Cornelius via phone at 330-888-6400 or jcorne17 [at] (email), or Financial Aid Counselor Donna Holcomb via phone 330-834-3737 or dholcomb [at] (email).


  • Regional Academic Center: Student Services
  • Geauga Campus: Student Services

    View Financial Aid Important Forms

    Financial Aid Workshops

    Kent State University Geauga's Financial Department will be providing FREE step-by-step workshops for setting up student and parent Federal Student Aid ID's (FSAID's) and completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is an opportunity to see what you could qualify for in Financial Aid.  Remember to bring all the questions you have pertaining to Pell Grant, Direct Loans, Scholarships, and any other grants that may be offered.

    2019-2020 Wednesday Workshops for Financial Aid

      Dates and Times

      • TBD


      • Regional Academic Center: Room 124
      • Geauga Campus: Room 144

      Register to Attend Financial Aid Workshop

      Apply for Scholarships by May 15

      Scholarships can make all the difference in a student's life. They enable promising students to keep going to school and achieve dreams of a degree and a career. Each year over $19,000 in scholarships are awarded to Kent State Geauga and Regional Academic Center students. The generosity of local families, companies, and organizations allow students to earn a university degree who otherwise would not have had the opportunity. It is our goal to continue to provide scholarship opportunities to students and to seek new funding opportunities each year. We are committed to working hard to remove part of the financial barrier to higher education so that students may concentrate on being successful.

      For more information about scholarships, visit our website.