1. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) each year during early January to Mid-February in order to meet the priority processing deadline of March 1. ***Important Note: Students may use estimated tax information if tax returns are not completed. When you receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the federal processor, read it carefully and check it over for any items that may need to be corrected. If you must make corrections, please update Part II of your SAR.
2. Respond immediately to any requests for additional information from the federal processor or the Kent State University Student Financial Aid Office. During March and April, initial Financial Aid Award Letters
are mailed to admitted first-year students who have completed all necessary paperwork. If you need additional funding after you are notified of your financial aid award, contact the Student Financial Aid Office for alternative sources of funding.
Between April and June, initial Financial Aid Award notifications begin to arrive for continuing students.
3. If you plan on taking out loans, make sure you accept the loans through FlashLine and sign Master Promissory Notes for Direct Loans and Complete Entrance Counseling.
4. Continue to search for scholarships. Try the FastWeb
scholarship database. You may also try the Kent State University Scholarship database
. Your high school guidance office, community organizations, churches, libraries, and places of employment are also good places to find scholarships. The Student Financial Aid Office offers assistance on how to start your search as well as publications to help you get started.
A few weeks before your payment is due for the semester, check your Account Detail on FlashLine and make sure your Financial Aid and/or scholarships are showing up.
Loans should show up in Authorized section. If not, then contact a Financial Aid representative immediately and see what needs to be done before payment is due.