Senior Guest Admission


The Senior Guest Program at Kent State University allows persons 60 years of age or older to audit Kent State courses tuition-free, on a space-available basis and with faculty approval.

Senior guests do not receive grades and no credit is awarded. Senior guests request to enroll in one to two courses per semester, during a designated enrollment period.


  • Information on this page is for registration at the Ashtabula Campus only.
  • To find registration information for other Kent State campuses, visit Senior Guest Campus Contact Information.
  • To be eligible, senior guests must be 60 years of age or older and have resided in the state of Ohio for at least one year. 
  • Senior guest admission to courses is by faculty approval. If seats are available in your requested course, the Office of Continuing and Distant Education will contact the faculty member and notify you about whether your course request has been approved or denied.



Senior Guest Fall 2024 Registration

Registration takes place Thursday Aug 1, at 10:00 a.m. to Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 5:00 p.m. 

Links to register open on Aug. 1, at 10:00 a.m.

  • No pre-registration is required.
  • Late registrations cannot be accommodated.
  • Any distance learning and course fees will be billed through the Bursar's Office. Check your email and FlashLine for your e-bill.
  • The senior guest administrator will contact faculty/department and notify you if your course request is approved or denied. 

    Please do not: 

  • Email, call, visit or otherwise contact a faculty member, school director, department chair, etc., to request admission to a course.
  • Attend a course if you have not been approved to do so.
  • In all cases, the faculty member's decision is final.


There are two links available to complete the Senior Guest application. Choose which form to complete based on your current situation. 

  1. Current Senior Guest - You have an active email address.

    Senior guest form registration is currently closed.

  2. New / Non-Current Senior Guest - You do not have an active email address. You will be prompted to create a Dynamic Forms account when completing this form. A email address will be assigned during this process.

    Senior guest form registration is currently closed.

Fall registration will be Aug. 1 – 7.


  • Go to
  • Click on the Class Schedule Search button
  • Select the Term you wish to attend
  • Click the Detailed Class Search button
  • You must select these required fields, but can enter other information to narrow your search, such as Course Number, if you know it:
    1. Subject: at least one subject must be selected
    2. Campus: Ashtabula Campus
    3. Course Level: Undergraduate
  • Click Search



Senior guests are eligible to receive a Kent State University FLASHcard, the preferred method of identification on campus. You can get a FLASHcard in the Office of Student Services. Be sure to bring a photo ID with you.


Additional Information:

Prior to Registration

Please refer to the Schedule of Classes for course information required to complete the online registration.

Required Items:

  • Course Title
  • Course Level - Undergraduate/Graduate
  • CRN 
  • Course / Section 
  • Meeting Dates
  • Days / Time
  • Instructor
Schedule of Classes

Please determine what classes you want to take prior to registration.

See the Schedule of Classes for a list of courses. 

Need help with your online class? View Attending a Real-Time Lecture or Discussion (PDF)

Program Costs

The estimated cost* for your participation in Kent State Geneva semester program will include the following items:

Program Administration Fee$850Billable to Kent State University
Equivalent of Webster Tuition*$10,435Billable to Kent State University
Housing (estimate)$3,940Based on double occupancy apartment
Flight*, Passport, Visa, Meals, Personal ExpensesArranged by individual applicant*$1,000 Flight Scholarship available for each accepted student. These items are not billed to students' accounts, but are independently arranged. Flight is arranged by travel agency in conjunction with the student. Student is responsible for all change/cancellation fees. 

*Costs are estimated for AY 2024/2025
*Tuition cost does not include special course fees (e.g. lab fees) or course-required field trip fees; these fees are billed to the student

Here are a few things to keep in mind while you look over the program costs:

  • The tuition cost is the same for both OH-resident and non-resident applicants. The tuition rate is per semester, not academic year.
  • Single occupancy housing is available at a higher cost.
  • These estimates are not guaranteed for future semesters.
  • Most Kent State University scholarships will apply to study abroad costs and federal financial aid will apply.  Non-KSU students, contact your university's financial aid office for assistance.
  • Please remember to apply early if you are planning to use financial aid or loans.
  • For budgetary purposes, it is recommended that participants plan ahead for the costs associated with independent travel and personal incidentals.
Program Policies & Guidelines
  • The Senior Guest administrator will contact the faculty member and notify you whether your course request has been approved or denied.
  • Course requests will be submitted as soon as possible. However, we cannot guarantee admission by the start of classes. A variety of unavoidable factors may result in Senior Guests beginning a course as late as a week after the official start date.
  • Remember that courses are first and foremost intended to serve the needs of the students who are enrolled for credit. Therefore, we ask that Senior Guests not engage in behaviors that are troublesome or inappropriate. 
  • Senior Guests may select up to two (2) courses and one (1) alternate.
  • The following programs are NOT included in the Senior Guest program:  Architecture, Fashion, Nursing, Theatre, Kent Blossom Art and independent study.

Please read the full list of program policies and guidelines below before submitting your registration.  

All Senior Guest Program Guidelines (Text) (PDF)

Getting Started in Your Online Course

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