Emergency funds available to support technology for students

Dear Kent State Students,

We hope you are having a healthy and productive summer as you begin to prepare for the upcoming academic year. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new normal for the university, and we continue to make appropriate provisions for a safe academic year.

Kent State Emergency Grant Fund

Kent State understands the financial hardships this pandemic has inflicted on some of our students, and since spring, we have supported thousands of students to address their personal challenges via the Kent State Emergency Grant Fund. We are excited to announce that students can use this emergency funding for technology-based needs, whether to purchase a computer, a hotspot or another technology-based item to help students succeed in the classroom. If you qualify and demonstrate financial need, these emergency funds may be used to purchase the equipment. 

The fund is open to degree- or certificate-seeking students currently enrolled in the Fall 2020 Semester who have been affected by the pandemic and have emergency needs. Fund applications now include a specific option to choose technology assistance.

“The university is committed to doing whatever is necessary to ensure the continued success of our students,” said Lamar R. Hylton, Ph.D., vice president for student affairs. “Most students use the Kent State Emergency Grant Fund for food, rent, utilities and other basic needs, but the fund can also be used for these critical technology needs.”

Helping Students

The Kent State Emergency Grant Fund is a combination of federal funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) under the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act) and the money from Kent State’s own fundraising efforts. The funds are being distributed with the intent of helping as many students as possible with financial challenges.
Since the early months of the pandemic, generous donors have provided more than $1 million in emergency funding to help students. To date, more than 4,800 Kent State students have been awarded a total of $6.6 million in funding, which includes CARES funding. 

“We know that there will be challenges to maintain dollars in these funds in the future, so we’ll also welcome those who would like to donate to help needy students,” said Mary Parker, Ed.D., vice president for enrollment management.

Grant Funding Consideration

To be considered for Emergency Grant funding, students must:

Through the Kent State Emergency Grant Fund we offer students practical financial assistance while demonstrating that Flashes take care of Flashes.


Questions should be directed to One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000.

We look forward to seeing you soon, and as always Go Flashes!


Lamar R. Hylton, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs

Mary Parker, Ed.D.
Vice President for Enrollment Management

POSTED: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 12:56pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 3:55pm