Stark County is unique in that we are home to seven colleges and universities that offer nearly every degree a student could want to pursue. We want to encourage our students to choose local for their higher education needs and understand all of the options they have right here in Stark County. 

Financial Aid and COVID-19 are two areas that many incoming college students feel uneasy about. To help, financial aid representatives have gathered to answer some common questions and offer advice to our Stark County students and their families. 


We will soon share a message from all of the college and university Presidents. Check back on our Smart Stark webpage, YouTube channel, or Facebook page later this month!

We encourage students and families to reach out to the schools with more information!

Stark State
Lucas Brewer, Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships

University of Akron
Deniesha Newby, Assistant Director, Outreach and Education

Walsh University
Jessica Fasig, MBA, Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Aultman College
Briana Williams, Lead Financial Aid Administrator

Malone University
Pamela Pustay, Director of Financial Aid

University of Mount Union 
Jenni Chadwell, Student Financial Aid Representative

Kent State University at Stark
Katie Schalmo, Assistant Director, Student Financial Aid