Types of Aid

There are four main types of aid award to students at Kent State Tuscarawas: grants, loans, scholarships and federal work-study. Our financial aid office is here to assist you in financing your education.


Grants are need-based gift aid that does not have to be paid back. You must complete the FAFSA each and every year at fafsa.ed.gov to be considered for grants.

Federal Pell Grant Pell Grant eligibility is based on financial need according to a formula that is determined by the Department of Education. Pell Grants are automatically awarded to all students who are determined eligible once a FAFSA form is received. Maximum lifetime limit is the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters of eligibility.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)  The SEOG is a campus-based aid program with limited funding.  This grant is intended for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Must have zero EFC (according to federal formula); award amount is determined by the student's enrollment status, class level, residency status, and campus attending (Kent or Regional). Limited funding is available. Students must file a FAFSA form by the priority deadline and meet other criteria to be considered for an SEOG grant.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Students must enroll in an eligible TEACH Grant major at Kent State University as a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student. Post-Undergraduates pursuing a second bachelor’s degree are not eligible. Incoming freshmen must have a 3.25 GPA on final high school transcript or score above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test, and continuing students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25. Student must agree to teach in a high need field in a school serving low-income students. 


Loans are a form of self-help aid that must be repaid.

Federal Direct Student Loans All students who meet the federal requirements and are enrolled in at least 6 credits per semester are eligible to receive a Direct Student Loan regardless of income. Direct Student Loans are not based on credit scores and do not require a student to have a bank account.  Direct Student Loans come in two categories: Subsidized and Unsubsidized.   Subsidized loans are based on financial need.  The federal government pays the interest and the principle is deferred on the loan as long as you are enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester. Unsubsidized loans are not based on financial need and you are responsible for the interest while in school.  The principle is deferred as long as you are enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester.

Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) The PLUS loan is for parents of dependent students who wish to borrow aid to cover the cost of their child's educational expenses.  Parents must fill out a a parent PLUS loan application available by clicking here.  PLUS loan is credit based but if a parent is denied a student may borrow additional funds under the Direct Loan program.

Get more detailed information about Student and Parent Loans


Kent State Tuscarawas awards over 170 scholarships to qualified students each year. New students are considered for scholarships based on both academic merit and financial need. For full scholarship consideration, new students should be admitted by March 1. Returning students must complete a scholarship application by May 1 to be considered for campus-based scholarships. Additionally, there are a variety of scholarships available from external sources. Find information about these scholarships in your high school guidance office and by using our External Scholarship sites.

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Federal Work Study (FWS) is a type of self-help aid that must be earned. The FWS award will not be deducted from the student's bill. A student will receive a bi-weekly paycheck based on hours worked. To obtain an application for student employment, visit the main office in Founders Hall or call 330-339-3391.


Call our Financial Aid Office at 330-339-3391 or email Jason Maurer at jmaure13@kent.edu.