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.


  • YSU Financial Aid Night Thursday, October 20,2022 at 6:30pm

    Posted on
    September 15, 2022

    YSU's Financial Aid Night will be held on Thursday, October 20 at 6:30pm in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center. This community service event provides helpful information to 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. Registration for the event is strongly encourage.


  • YSU Foundation Scholarship Application Tutorial Video

    Posted on
    September 9, 2022

    The YSU Foundation Scholarship Application is now available for completion for the 2023-2024 aid year. Please see the video below for assistance on how to complete the application.




    Posted on
    February 18, 2022

    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

    Youngstown State University will award merit based scholarships to incoming freshman students admitted under YSU’s test optional admission policy. Scholarships ranging in value from $1000 to $3000 will be awarded to students accepted under the regular admission policy with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or greater AND a recalculated high school GPA of 3.0 or greater based on 5 core subjects (English, Math, Science, Social Science, and Foreign Language).