Budgeting for College

College is an investment with a lifetime return on investment. A college education provides your student with exponential opportunities, as he or she embarks on personal and professional goals. Of course, the earlier you start saving the better. But, there are also multiple financing options available. Not to mention, financial aid, investments, loans and scholarships. Regardless of your financial position, it is possible to make your student’s dream a reality.

Savings Plan

The key to saving for college is to plan wisely. Clearly, time is your most valuable resource. The earlier you start to save, the better. Even if time is not on your side, you still have plenty of options. Most students rely on federal, state and private loans to fill in their financial gaps. Don’t forget that grants, scholarships and student employment can also help fund educational expenses.  

Create a Savings Plan

Tuition & Financial Aid

We’re committed to making our high-quality education affordable for every student. In fact, more than 80 percent of Kent State students receive financial aid to help fund their education. Without the right guidance, the financial aid process may seem a bit overwhelming. We’re here to help.

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Scholarship Resources

There are more than 700 scholarships offered by various Kent State University departments. There are also several online databases students can use to conduct their search for external scholarships. Scholarships are given based on merit and financial need. What’s the best part about receiving a scholarship? It doesn’t need to be repaid.

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When it comes to budgeting for college, knowledge can give you financial power. Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding budgeting, financial aid, tuition and more.  Take the time to plan ahead and think about how you will pay for your college education. Doing so can have positive returns in your long-term financial health.

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We want to make your college budget planning easier. Do you know how much money you need to save? Are you on track to meet your goal? Use these calculators to find out.

College Savings Calculator   Student Financial Aid Net Price Calculator

Payment Options

The One Stop can provide you with payment options that work best for your current finances. Parents with access to KSUview can pay tuition online.

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