Financial Aid Timeline
September - December
Start a Scholarship Search. Try the FastWeb scholarship database. You may also try the Kent State University Scholarship database. Your guidance counselor, local community, church organizations, library, and parents’ place 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.
Early January - Mid February
File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year during this time period 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 (mail the FAFSA to the federal processor by February 1).
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 and mail it back to the address provided for you on your SAR.
March - April
Respond immediately to any requests for additional information from the federal processor or the Kent State University Student Financial Aid Office.
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.
April - June
Initial Financial Aid Award notifications begin to arrive for continuing students.
July - August
Master Promissory Notes for Direct Loans will be mailed to students if necessary. A Master Promissory note is a ten year loan note, so once signed, the student will not need to sign another for 10 years. Therefore, future loan awards will be automatically accepted once offered, unless you reject it on the award letter of notify the Student Financial Aid office. If you would like to take the loan, complete the service copy of the promissory notes as soon as possible and return it to the Student Financial Aid Office. Retain the borrower copy for your records.
Payment is due to the Bursar’s Office in August for the fall semester.