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 2023-2024 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
    • Unable to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool? Request an IRS Tax Transcript
    • Student and/or parent(s) may also be able to submit a signed copy of tax form 1040 in lieu of the IRS Tax Return Transcript.
  • 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.

Please refer to the 2024-2025 FAFSA web page for resources and tips on how to complete the 2024-2025 FAFSA.


  • Virtual Student Loan Repayment Session

    Posted on
    April 1, 2024

    Join us for a Virtual Student Loan Repayment WebEx presented by Michael Jones from Citizens bank on Tuesday, April 16th 1:00 pm. Presentation will cover Student Loan Repayment Plans, Loan Forgiveness Programs, Default Avoidance, Money Saving Strategies, and Borrower Rights and Responsibilities.  All students are invited and graduating student loan borrowers are strongly encouraged to attend. Every YSU student that attends will receive a small surprise gift.  


  • 2024-2025 Housing Grant Application is ow Available!

    Posted on
    March 28, 2024

    The 2024-2025 Housing Grant Application is now available to complete for students who are planning to live in University Housing or Courtyard Apartments. A 2024-2025 FAFSA must be received by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships prior to completion fo the application.

  • 2024-2025 FAFSA application results have been delayed

    Posted on
    February 2, 2024

    YSU will not receive 2024-2025 FAFSA application results until the first half of March. The Department of Education (ED) announced further delays in distributing FAFSA results to schools to make inflationary adjustments to the formula that impact the accuracy of the Student Aid Index (SAI) used to determine financial need. YSU will send financial aid offers out mid to late April as soon as FAFSA application results are on file and processed.

  • Student Loan Repayment Strategies PowerPoint Now Available

    Posted on
    December 7, 2023

    The Fall Student Loan Repayment Information Session presented by Citizens Bank was held on Tuesday, December 5. The  PowerPoint below provides information and money saving strategies on student loan repayment with topics including repayment plans, loan forgiveness programs, and borrower rights and responsibilities. Viewing is strongly encouraged for upcoming graduates, but the information is applicable to all student borrowers at any phase of their postsecondary education.

  • YSU Foundation Scholarship Application Tutorial Video

    Posted on
    September 6, 2023

    The YSU Foundation Scholarship Application is now available for completion for the 2024-2025 aid year. Please see the video below for assistance on how to complete the application.


    Posted on
    February 23, 2023

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

  • Test Optional Scholarship Awards

    Posted on
    December 7, 2020

    Test optional merit-based scholarships will be awarded to incoming freshmen students admitted under YSU's test optional admission policy. Scholarships will range in value from $1,000-$3,000 through the Freshmen Scholarships for Excellence program. Additional $1,000 to $3,000 test optional merit-based scholarships may be awarded to Honors College applicants who qualify for Sokolov Honors College. For additional information or questions regarding the Test Optional Scholarship Awards, please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 330-941-3505.