Financial Aid and Scholarships

Studying abroad can be affordable!  Many programs offer the same tuition rates as Kent State, and some programs even have lower tuition.

Financial Aid

It is possible to use your federal financial aid to go on Kent State University-approved programs.   The Student Financial Aid Office has provided the following document to help inform students about using financial aid abroad.

Education Abroad & Student Financial Aid booklet

It is also possible to use most Kent State scholarships for education abroad costs. If you receive a tuition waiver, that can also be applied to eligible education abroad programs.  It is important to note that if you do receive a tuition waiver, you must make sure to tell your Education Abroad Advisor.

If you receive Post 9/11 GI Bill funds, you may be able to use that money to help pay for study abroad.   The US Department of Veterans Affairs has created a sheet to explain what GI Bill funds might cover.

Education Abroad Cost Calculator

If you plan on studying abroad for any period of time, you can calculate your estimated program costs as well as your estimated financial aid using the Cost Calculator.  This step by step tool will use your information to estimate total out of pocket expenses or an estimated refund for current or future terms. Please see the following link to access the Cost Calculator and instructions: http://www.kent.edu/financialaid/EAcalculator

For more information, contact Financial Aid Counselor Jessica Russell at jrusse33@kent.edu or (330) 672-0514. Or visit the "Steps to Receive Financial Aid for Education Abroad Programs" page here: http://www.kent.edu/financialaid/education-abroad-financial-aid

Scholarships

There are many opportunities to apply for education abroad scholarships. The listing provided is not a comprehensive list; so, students are encouraged to search for additional scholarships. It is important to start researching scholarships early, as many have early deadlines of up to a year in advance.

Additionally, some education abroad programs include scholarships that help pay for things such as tuition or flights. These programs can be found by going to the Program Search page and selecting ‘Yes’ in the parameter box that says Program Specific Scholarship.

Financial Aid and Education Abroad FAQs

I have not applied for financial aid. What do I need to do?

The education abroad program type determines what steps you will need to take to receive financial aid. The first step would be to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible at www.fafsa.gov to begin the process. The FAFSA needs to be completed every year and should be received in the Student Financial Aid Office by the priority processing deadline date of March 1st. Once the Student Financial Aid Office receives your FAFSA results, we will determine your eligibility for federal, state, and institutional aid. You will receive a financial aid email and may view your awards on your Flashline account.

How much financial aid will I be able to receive for my education abroad program?

The amount of financial aid and the type of financial aid will be based on your FAFSA results and the cost of the education abroad program. In most cases, you will be able to use all of your financial aid. If you need additional funds for your program, you should consider either a federal Direct Parent PLUS loan or a private loan. More information may be found at www.kent.edu/financialaid under “Types of Aid,” and “Loans.”

I need to depart before the KSU semester begins. Would I be able to obtain my refund early?

No, your financial aid can be applied to your Bursar account no earlier than 10 days prior to the first day of class at Kent State University. It may take several days after the funds transfer for you to receive any excess funds in the form of a refund. It is highly recommended that you set up your Bank Mobile before leaving the country. It is also suggested that you have 3-4 weeks of funds available so that you are able to cover the first few weeks of living expenses before you receive a refund.

I don’t depart until six weeks after KSU's semester begins. Does this affect my financial aid?

Yes, regulations require that your financial aid does not disburse until ten days prior to your first day of class at the visiting institution. Since your study abroad program starts six weeks after Kent State’s semester, your aid will not disburse until the fifth week. Each program is different; if your program has a later start date than Kent State please contact Jessica Russell @ jrusse33@kent.edu to discuss your options.