Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How are Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits transferred to spouses/children?
A. The VA has posted a fact sheet at their website that details the benefits that can be transferred, and transfer process at http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2009/0409_gibill/.
Q. I am the first to go to college and I don’t have a lot of family support. Is there someone I can talk to that will understand my situation as an adult student?
A. Yes. Schedule an appointment to see our adviser. We can help you establish a support system and assist you in your transition to college. Additionally, we may be able to refer you to other resources on campus that can help you be successful in college.
Q. Will I “fit in” here at Kent State University as an adult student. Won’t I feel “too old?”
A. You will be happy to know that over 2500 adult students at Kent State are undergraduate students. Adult students take classes during the day, evening and weekends. They have multiple roles and responsibilities and still find time for college success!
Q. I am interested in a specific career field or job title. How do I find out if I am in the right major?
A. Use the resources in the Career Services Center to research your career field. You may wish to visit their website or their office in person. You may also find it useful to discuss your plans with your academic advisor, a career services advisor, a favorite professor or a fellow student.
Q. I need to find a job while I am a student. Where should I start looking?
A. On this website you can link to national databases for available jobs. On the Career Services Center website you can link to campus jobs for students. On the Kent State University homepage you can link to jobs available on campus. Additionally, many students find local newspapers and the Kent Stater to be helpful.
Q. How many classes should I take?
A. In general, with a full-time job, adult students take no more than two courses or six hours of credit. This will insure that you will have enough time to take care of your academics as well as your personal and professional responsibilities.
Q. How can I get some help with my study skills?
A. Free tutoring is available at the Academic Success Center on campus. Students can also take advantage of workshop courses aimed at improving study skills, which are offered by Continuing Studies.
Q. What is a major?
A. A major is a collection of credit hours in a specific field, such as business administration or interior design.
Q. What does the term “credit hour” refer to?
A. A credit hour refers to how many hours per week a student spends in class. For example, a typical course is three credit hours. Therefore, a student would spend three hours in class per week. Some schools calculate credit hours by semester and some by the quarter. KSU is on the semester system and can accept semester or quarter credit hours.
Q. When can I file my FAFSA on the web?
A. You will be able to file the FAFSA over the web beginning Jan. 1.
Q. How do I get started?
A. First, make an appointment with the adult student counselor. The counselor can offer you information on Kent State University as well as information specific to adult students and can answer your questions. Then, if you like what you hear, it is time to apply. Fill out an application, which can be found in the Transfer/Adult Student Viewbook, send away for your transcripts, and pay the $30 non-refundable application fee.