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
    • 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.


  • Virtual Student Loan Repayment Session

    Posted on
    November 9, 2023

    Join us for a Virtual Student Loan Repayment WebEx presented by Michael Jones, Vice President, Student Lending from Citizens bank on Tuesday, December 5 at 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. 

    Register Here

  • 2024-2025 FAFSA Availability Delayed to December 2023

    Posted on
    September 14, 2023

    As a result of the passage of the FUTURE and FAFSA Simplification Acts, changes are coming to the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Due to significant application changes, the 2024-2025 FAFSA release date, which is typically October 1, will be delayed to December 2023. An exact date will be communicated by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships once determined. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships has created a webpage to highlight the anticipated changes in order to help students and families better prepare.

  • 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.