Retiree and Emeritus Benefits

Benefits Page for Kent State Retirement Web ImageUniversity faculty and staff members who hold RETIRED and/or Emeritus status from Kent State University are eligible for certain benefits.

In order to access these benefits without convenience, Retirees must have a Retiree Identification (ID) Card prepared by the FLASHcard Office at the Student Center. Emeriti must present documentation of Emeritus status of the FLASHcard Office to receive a special Emeritus designation. The ID card includes a picture, a bar code and indicates your status as retired faculty or staff member. The department from which you retire assumes the cost of this card. 

The following is a list of benefits and discounts* provided by various university departments. For specific details, please contact the individual department at the number listed.

Retiree and Emeritus Benefits Brochure (PDF)

NOTE: Retirees who worked at a regional campus should consult their home campus for information regarding additional benefits and services. 


COUNSELING CENTER

330-672-2208

Counseling services are available to retirees and their dependents for a nominal fee that may be waived dependent upon ability to pay. For more information, visit kent.edu/ehhs/centers/chdc


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

330-672-1366

Upon retirement from Kent State you may retain your Kent State User ID for email. Your email address will be changed to a Gmail account. Visit the Retiree Access page for additional information. 

If there is an ongoing business need, other access may be requested for you by your department. A Third Party Access form would need to be completed and emailed to Security and Access Management at security@kent.edu. For additional questions, call Security and Access Management at 330-672-5566. 


KSU RETIREES ASSOCIATION (KSURA)

The KURSA meets nine to 10 times a year. The meetings are open to all retired Kent State faculty, staff and spouses. Members of KSURA will be kept abreast of changes to state retirement and have opportunities to continue involvement with university colleagues. If you would like to be added to the KURSA email listserv contact Jerry Feezel at jfeezel@kent.edu


PARKING SERVICES

330-672-4432

Retiree parking permits are issues as token of appreciation for years of dedicated service to the University. These permits are honored in select parking areas on campus and include a discounted rate at Visitor parking lots. Retiree permits are issued at no charge and must be RENEWED EVERY TWO YEARS. The retiree parking permit is intended for the retiree's use only and is not to be used by family members or friends. To receive this permit, retirees must present Retiree ID Card, or other verification or status, and current permit to Parking Services located at 123 Schwartz Center. 

When it is time to renew your permit, a letter with instructions for permit renewals will be sent to you. Retiree permit renewals must be done in person at the Parking Services office.


PARTA/CAMPUS BUS SERVICE

330-672-0433

Campus routes are free for retirees with a Retiree ID Card through PARTA/Campus bus service. For more information on all services provided, visit www.partaonline.org


RECREATIONAL SERVICES

330-672-4732

Retirees are eligible to purchase Recreation and Wellness Center memberships at the part-time faculty/staff rate for themselves and for their companion/dependents. Retirees may also purchase day passes. Please present your Retiree ID Card at the Pro Shop.

Other benefits may be available to you through the Recreation Center such as Silver Sneakers and no cost services through Medicare. 


SCHOOL OF THEATRE & DANCE

330-672-2787

Upon presentation of the Retiree ID Card, retirees receive KSU Alumni Association members/seniors pricing on tickets for School of Theatre and Dance productions. For additional information on pricing, visit kent.edu/theatredance/buy-tickets

Kent State Retirees may attend the final rehearsal of school productions at no cost. Rehearsals usually occur the night prior to opening. Contact the box office at 330-672-2787 for additional information. 


SENIOR GUEST PROGRAM

330-672-2002

Retirees are welcome to participate in the Senior Guest Program if they are age 60 or over. The Senior Guest Program at Kent State University allows Ohio residents age 60 years and older to attend regular university classes on a tuition-free basis. For further details and registration dates, visit kent.edu/seniorguest


TUITION WAIVER

330-672-3107

Tuition waiver privileges are offered to retirees, their spouses and dependent children in accordance with University Policy #3342-6-09. Please read the policy for eligibility guidelines. This tuition waiver applies to regular university classes taken for credit. Application forms can be found in the HR Forms Library.  


UNIVERSITY Bookstore

330-672-2762

Retirees are entitled to 10% off of bookstore purchases upon presentation of their Retiree ID Card. 


UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

330-672-3456

Faculty retirees retain the same borrowing privileges they had as active faculty and can sign out materials from University Libraries using their Retiree ID Card or other current photo ID. All library databases may be used by faculty retirees from on campus. If you have questions about library privileges after retirement, please call the University Library at 330-672-3456 or email library@kent.edu


ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR RETIREES WITH EMERITUS STATUS

INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS

330-672-2244

Athletics offers two free general admission passes to any home sporting event for those who present their Retiree ID card with Emeriti status. 


OTHER EMERITUS BENEFITS

  • Entitled to represent the University, upon appointment by the President, at various ceremonial and social functions. 
  • May serve on University committees as advisors without vote.