Financial Aid | Kent State University

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 located at

What is FAFSA?
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid and it is 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 Justin Cornelius, Financial Aid Coordinator, via phone 330-888-6400 or email


Financial Aid Workshops

The 2018 - 2019 FAFSA is available at Students with enrollment plans for Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and/or Spring 2019 should complete the 2018-19 FAFSA. Feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to start? Not to worry, we are here to help.  Register by clicking on one of the below workshops.  You will leave with a completed FAFSA, a better understanding of FASFA and the comfort of knowing you are one step closer to college.

February 22, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Kent State University Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg

February 28, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Kent State Geauga in Burton

Apply for Scholarships

Deadline is June 1, 2018

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, click here. Scholarship Info