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.

If you have already completed applying for aid and have received a financial aid award offer, please see our How to Accept Your Financial Aid Offer guide for completing the acceptance process.


  • YSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships invites you to Financial Aid Night
    Posted on
    October 10, 2018
    Please join the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for Financial Aid
    Night on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 6:30pm in the Chesnut Room, Kilcawley Center.
    To register, go to:
  • Fall Loan Repayment Information Session
    Posted on
    September 5, 2018

    The Youngstown State University Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will host a Student Loan Repayment Session Tuesday, November 13 from 11am to 12pm in the Ohio Room of Kilcawley Center. The workshop will provide information
    and money saving strategies on student loan repayment with topics including repayment plans, loan forgiveness programs, and borrower rights and responsibilities. Graduating loan borrowers are strongly encouraged to attend. For questions about the event, please contact Susan Sahli at 330-941-2374.

  • Financial Aid Dollars and Sense
    Posted on
    August 27, 2018

    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.

  • “How To Accept Your Financial Aid Award Offer” tutorial video now available!
    Posted on
    April 4, 2018

    The “How to Accept Your Financial Aid Award Offer” tutorial video provides step-by-step instructions for YSU students on how to accept their financial aid award offer through the MyYSU portal.

  • YSU Foundation Scholarship Application Tutorial Video
    Posted on
    October 18, 2017

    The YSU Foundation Scholarship Application is now available for completion for the 2019-2020 aid year. Please see the video below for assistance on how to complete the application.