Financial Aid | Kent State University

Financial Aid/Grant Opportunities

One Stop for Student Services

 As a ‘Students First’ Initiative, the One Stop for Student Services will serve as a single point-of-contact for student customer services previously provided at the Bursar, Registrar and Student Financial Aid offices. One Stop Counselors will be cross-trained and provide holistic advising in these areas. ‘Students are able to check in by visiting the website and logging in with their information on the One Stop Student Services Website prior to arriving on campus. 

Financial Aid

Financial aid is funding to assist paying for your college education that comes from sources outside of your family. Gift aid and self-help aid are two categories of financial aid. Gift aid comes in the form of grants and scholarships and does not have to be repaid. Self-help 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 for a financial aid award. There is some type of financial aid available regardless of your income. A person must be officially admitted and enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program to receive federal aid funds. You can use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for and determine your eligibility to receive Financial Aid. 


The Bursar’s office serves as the collection agent for Kent State University. You can visit their website to view the cost of tuition and university fees.   The Bursar’s Office accepts cash, money orders, checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or Diner’s Club for tuition payments or fees. 

If you receive financial aid and are eligible for a student refund, the refund will be issued to your KSU choice card. The KSU Choice Card will be mailed to your permanent address five to seven days after your initial registration. It is important that you log onto once you receive your card and make a refund selection. Failure to make a refund selection will result in a delay in receiving your student refund. Visit for more information about student refunds. 


The Graduate Student Senate offers awards to assist graduate students with travel, both domestically and internationally, and conducting research.

Graduate students are welcome to apply for these awards with the understanding that you may only receive one award, per category, per academic year.  For example, you may apply and be awarded one Domestic Travel Award, one International Travel Award, and one Research Award for the same academic year (defined as Fall-Spring-Summer).

However, it is important to note that students may only be reimbursed once per trip, meaning although your research may fit two categories you may only use one award per trip.  Each of the following awards has its own deadline and list of requirements.  For example: The Domestic Travel Award stipulates that applicants are presenting at a conference, and submit proof of acceptance of their research.

The Graduate Student Senate Domestic Travel Award 

The Graduate Student Senate International Travel Award

The Graduate Student senate Research Award

Other sources of funding can be found through different departments at KSU, including individual departments, and Graduate Studies.  For information on the awards and scholarships offered by the Department of Graduate Studies: