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
    • 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.


  • Student Loan Repayment Session
    Posted on
    February 20, 2020

    Student Loan Repayment Session scheduled for Tuesday, April 7 at 11am

    Students are encouraged to attend a Student Loan Repayment Information
    Session on Tuesday, April 7 from 11am-12pm in the Ohio Room in Kilcawley
    Center. This important workshop will provide attendees money saving
    strategies which are crucial when paying back student loans. Topics to be
    discussed include student loan repayment plans, loan forgiveness programs,
    and borrower rights and responsibilities. If you have any questions, please

  • is now
    Posted on
    February 5, 2020

    Access all processes related to Federal Student Aid and Loans on one website!

  • YSU Foundation Scholarship Application Tutorial Video
    Posted on
    December 30, 2019

    The YSU Foundation Scholarship Application is now available for completion for the 2020-2021 aid year. Please see the video below for assistance on how to complete the application.


  • YSU Financial Aid Night, October 22, 2019 at 6:30pm in the Chestnut Room in Kilcawley Center
    Posted on
    August 30, 2019

    Youngstown State University’s Financial Aid Night is a community service event that provides helpful information to the parents of students in grades 11 and 12 planning to attend college.  The program is being held just in time to prepare for YSU’s December 1st (and many other university’s) Free Application for Federal Student Aid priority filing deadlines.

    Posted on
    April 3, 2019

    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 Penguin portal.

  • Student Loan Repayment Strategies PowerPoint Now Available
    Posted on
    March 14, 2019

    The Student Loan Repayment Strategies 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.