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Types of Aid

Listed below are some of the most common types of aid awarded to students at Kent State Stark:


  • Federal Pell Grant
    Pell Grant eligibility is based on financial need according to a formula that is determined by the Department of Education.

  • 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.

  • Academic Competitiveness Grant
    To be eligible, students must be a US citizen and Pell recipient. Completion of rigorous secondary school program will be verified. An Academic Competitiveness Grant provides $750 for the first year of study and $1,300 for the second year.

  • Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)
    The OCOG is for an undergraduate Ohio resident first-time freshman. Prior post-secondary students will be considered first-time students. Eligibility is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Student Loans

  • Federal Direct Student Loans
    All students who meet the federal requirements are eligible for a Direct Loan. The lender for the Direct Loan program is the United States Department of Education.

    • Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
      This loan is based on financial need. The federal government pays the interest and the principle is deferred on the loan as long as you are enrolled at least half-time. Repayment begins six months after you graduate, leave school or drop below half-time status.

    • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
      This loan is not based on financial need and you are responsible for the interest while in school. Repayment begins six months after you graduate, leave school or drop below half-time status.

  • 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 education.

  • Federal Perkins Loan or Federal Nursing Loan
    This is a campus-based loan program for both undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional financial need. Repayment is made to the school beginning nine months after you graduate, leave school or drop below half-time status.

Student Employment

  • Federal Work-Study
    Undergraduate students may be eligible for this program based on financial need. Eligible students work campus jobs and earn a paycheck that can be applied to financial expenses.
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