Financial director: students need to apply for FAFSA now (Marietta Daily Journal)


Ron Day, KSU’s financial aid director, on FAFSA priority deadline

KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb 28, 2017) — Kennesaw State University is urging students to apply for federal financial aid as soon as possible.

KSU’s priority deadline for students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA, for the 2017-18 school year is Wednesday.

“It doesn’t mean more money,” said Ron Day, KSU’s financial aid director. “We’re trying our best to get these kids to apply, so we can help them get the aid that we need.” 

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA, determines a student’s financial aid eligibility based on family income, household size, financial assets, untaxed income and other factors. 

Students will use tax data from the 2015 tax year to apply for aid for the 2017-18 school year, Day said.

“There’s no reason people should wait any longer,” he said.

About 10,000 current KSU students who will not be graduating before next school year have yet to apply, Day said.

KSU has received about 40,000 applications since the applications launched in October, Day said.

If KSU students miss Wednesday’s priority deadline, there is still time to apply for federal financial aid for the 2017-18 school year, he said. There is no official deadline for FAFSA, he said.

About 88 percent of KSU’s 35,000 students receive some form of financial aid with the vast majority getting FAFSA this year, Day said. ...

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