Kent State University’s Graduate Student
Financial Aid Checklist
Start advancing at Kent State by completing this checklist.
☑Begin a Comprehensive scholarship search using these tools:
- Scholarship Search Checklist
- KSU Scholarship Search
- Student Financial Aid Scholarship Application
- Outside scholarship search engines
☑ Check with Graduate Studies
and your college to find major-specific scholarship opportunities.
☑ Check your Kent State email address regularly for important information from the One Stop for Student Services.
☑Ensure you are meeting the Standards of Academic Progress to receive federal financial aid.
☑ View current direct costs to attend Kent State University, which include:
☑ Consider attending a financial aid workshop or watching our recorded event with the University Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid.
☑ Learn more about budgeting and how to stay on track with your finances.
☑ If this is your first time completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), create an FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID). Students pursing graduate degrees are considered independent for FAFSA purposes and do not require parent information on the FAFSA. The FSA ID will serve as an electronic signature on the FAFSA.
→ If you have completed a FAFSA in the past, you do not need to create a new FSA ID. Visit the studentaid.gov website to confirm your FSA ID and password.
Applying for Financial Aid
You’ve done your research, now it’s time to actually apply for financial aid! Here are the steps to follow.
☑ File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)to be considered for federal and state financial aid programs. Students are encouraged to file as soon as possible beginning Oct. 1, for early FAFSA processing and awarding. To ensure maximum eligibility, complete the FAFSA no later than Feb. 1.
☑ View a collection of helpful videos on the FAFSA and financial aid.
☑ View any outstanding financial aid requirements on FlashLine.
☑ If requested, complete the verification process prior to receiving federal financial aid.
☑ If your information submitted on the FAFSA is no longer an accurate representation of your current financial situation, consider completing a Special Circumstance Application.
☑ Complete enrollment plans on the Resources/Additional Information tab in FlashLine to receive your financial aid award.
☑ If you plan to enroll at Kent State University for the summer semester and would like to use your financial aid, view how it may be adjusted for the academic year.
View Your Financial Aid Awards
☑ Begin viewing your financial aid awards beginning mid-March in FlashLine.
☑ Review Terms and Conditions of receiving financial aid on FlashLine.
Take Action on Your Financial Aid Awards
☑ Accept any awarded institutional scholarships in "offered" status from Kent State University on FlashLine.
☑ Report outside scholarships, awards and other tuition assistance you are bringing to Kent State University on the Resources/Additional Information tab in FlashLine.
☑ Loans are funds that must be repaid; only borrow what you need after careful consideration. If borrowing federal student loans:
☑ If borrowing a private/alternative student loan, compare lender options and apply through ELM Select, or through an education lender of your choice.
Review Your Final Steps
☑ Notification of your invoice will be sent to you by email in July for fall semester and in December for spring semester. If you are attending summer, invoices will be sent to you by email in April. The invoice will list your actual expenses as of that day.
☑ Visit the One Stop for Student Services website for detailed billing, payment and due date information.
☑ Review information on student refunds.