Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

The first step in applying for Federal Financial Aid for both new and continuing YSU students is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Below is a list of tips and resources to assist with completing the FAFSA:

  • Create an FSA ID which will consist of a Username and Password (FSA ID site)
  • Have both the student’s and family’s (if applicable) tax information and W2’s available
  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Answer “Yes” to IRS Data Retrieval
  • List YSU's school code: 003145

For a more detailed step-by-step guide to completing the financial aid application process, see the How to Apply page for further instruction.

Individual assistance is also available, by appointment, with a financial aid counselor by contacting our appointment line.

Watch the Department of Education's How to Fill Out the FAFSA.

Please note that the Financial Aid Award Year for the administration of Title IV Aid consists of Summer, Fall and Spring semesters with the Summer semester leading the packaging cycle. Financial aid that has been awarded cannot be released until 10 days before the start of each term.


  • Financial Aid Night
    Posted on
    July 25, 2017

    Join us Tuesday, October 24, to learn more about what to expect as a student and/or parent when applying for financial aid. The community service event comes just in time to prepare for YSU's (and many other university's) Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) priority deadline of December 1. 

    Registration for the event is strongly encouarged.

  • Financial Aid Dollars and Sense
    Posted on
    July 19, 2017

    A quarterly newsletter with important information for students regarding a variety of financial aid topics and important dates is now available. Download the quartlerly newsletter.

  • Student Loan Repayment Session
    Posted on
    April 25, 2017

    A representative from Sallie Mae will provide information and money saving strategies on student loan repayment with topics including repayment plans, loan forgiveness programs, and borrower rights and responsibilities in the Presidents' Suite, Kilcawley Center, April 25, 11 am - 12 pm. Graduating loan borrowers are strongly encouraged to attend, though all students are welcome. A copy of the powerpoint presentation is available here.

  • Summer Aid Application Available
    Posted on
    March 22, 2017

    Students planning to attend the summer 2017 semester can now access the Summer Aid Application

    The Summer Aid Application is a form used to request that a portion of your aid originally allocated for fall and spring semesters be moved to the summer. If you have questions regarding budgeting your aid, or require assistance with completing the application, please contact The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 330-941-3506 to set up an appointment with a counselor.

  • 2017-2018 Housing Grant Application Available
    Posted on
    January 9, 2017
    Students planning to live in University Housing or the Courtyard Apartments for the 2017-2018 aid year can now apply for the Housing Grant.
    The Housing Grant is available on a first come, first serve basis to both new and continuing students. Need-based awards of up to $2000 per academic year are available to qualifying students with preference given to those living at least 30 miles from the University. Recipients must be admitted to YSU and enrolled full-time. Additionally, incoming freshman must live in University Housing specifically to be grant eligible.
  • FSA ID Expiration
    Posted on
    January 9, 2017
    A student who has created an FSA ID (username and password) will need to update their passwords every 18 months. Please note that usernames, however, will not expire.
    Students in need of updating their password should go to
  • Two Major Changes to the 2017–18 FAFSA
    Posted on
    December 1, 2016
    • The FAFSA launched on October 1, three months earlier than in previous years. Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible to maximize your financial aid.
    • The FAFSA now requires last year’s (2015) tax information. This makes it easier to complete your FAFSA! Since you have already filed your 2015 taxes, you can electronically import your tax information directly into the FAFSA.