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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.


  • Summer Aid Application Now Available

    Posted on
    April 7, 2020

    The Summer Aid Application is now available for the upcoming Summer 2020 semester. This application is a request to move aid already offered and accepted for the 2020-2021 academic year to the summer semester.

  • Student Loan Repayment Session

    Posted on
    February 20, 2020

    Student Loan Repayment Session has been CANCELLED

  • 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.



    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.