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M: Money Matters

What is the Bursar?

The Bursar is the office on campus that handles your payment of tuition, fees, and housing bills. They also handle refunds, release of bursar holds, and student health insurance information. You can pay your bill online via e-bill, or in person at 131 Michael Schwartz Center. For more information, visit the Bursar's website at: http://www.kent.edu/bursar/

How do I get financial aid and scholarships?

This office is the place to go to learn about all types of student aid, from federal to university-based. Check out their website at http://www.sfa.kent.edu/ to view and track your awards, complete a FAFSA, use the cost and loan calculators, estimate your awards, and more! If you are granted work-study through Financial Aid, you need to follow the Student Employment procedures below to find an on-campus job.

The Financial Aid Office has a scholarship search qualifier that you can use to find scholarships for which you are eligible, even after you have already started your college education. Check it out at http://www.sfa.kent.edu/

How do I buy books?

Textbooks can be expensive, so don't forget to budget for them! If you're on a budget, get your books early to ensure that there are still used books available, because used books are significantly cheaper. Check out the bookstore website at: http://www.bkstr.com/Home/10001-10064-1?demoKey=d

How do I get an on-campus job?

Career Services handles all student employment searches. Look at this Checklist for Students Obtaining a Job on Campus.

Check out the Student Employment Handbook.

“Experience Job and Internship Board” Allows you to find internships and student/full-time jobs. You can use this site to sign up for on-campus interviews. http://www.kent.edu/career

How do I use my FLASHcard?

The FLASHcard is your Kent State University ID card and more. Your card will let you take materials out of the Kent State libraries, access services such as Student Recreation & Wellness Center and athletic events, and purchase goods and services both on and off campus. If you have a food plan, you will use your FLASHcard to purchase meals in our dining halls.

You may also deposit money on your FLASHcard and create a debit account. This plan, now known as FLASHcash will allow you to make purchases both on and off campus wherever the FLASHcard is accepted. Financial Aid may be deposited to your FLASHcash account! Avoid credit card fees, and still keep the safety and convenience of paying with a card. Visit the Bursar at 138 Schwartz Center.

FLASHcard Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.

How do I put money on my laundry card?

Kent State University is currently contracted with ASI Campus Laundry. Each residence hall is equipped with high-efficiency 20 lb. capacity washing and drying machines. Each wash cycle costs $2.50 with no additional charge for drying.

You may also deposit money on your FLASHcard and create a debit account. This plan, now known as FLASHcash will allow you to make purchases both on and off campus wherever the FLASHcard is accepted. Financial Aid may be deposited to your FLASHcash account! Avoid credit card fees, and still keep the safety and convenience of paying with a card. Visit the Bursar at 138 Schwartz Center.

There is no need to constantly make change for quarters, as the campus laundry machines are activated with the ASI Laundry Smart Card system. Similar to a laundry machine debit card, each incoming student will be issued an ASI Laundry Smart Card at check-in.

Students may place a desired cash value ($1, $5, $10, $20 increments) on their Smart Card by using the Value Transfer Machines (VTM). To add value using cash, please visit one of the Value Transfer Machines available at the following locations:

  • Allerton Apartments
  • Centennial Court A Laundry Room
  • Centennial Court C Laundry Room
  • Dunbar Hall
  • Fletcher/Manchester Lobby
  • Stopher Hall
  • Tri Towers Rotunda
  • Twin Towers Lobby
  • Verder Hall


To add value to their Smart Card, students have two options – add value with cash, or add value with a credit/debit card.

Is there a bank on campus?

Huntington National Bank is located on the first floor of the Kent Student Center. The bank is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm. To learn more about the bank, go here.

How do I create a budget?

College living is an exciting and challenging undertaking for most students. Moving away from mom and dad, living on your own and making decisions for yourself and having to manage your own finances are just a few of the roadblocks you will be facing. Having a plan in place beforehand and sticking to that plan as closely as possible can help to ensure that you survive the transition with the least stress possible.

To look at some tips and tricks for your budget plan, go here.

To learn how to create a budget, go here.