Frequently Asked Questions

What is a FLASHcard?

The FLASHcard is your Kent State University ID card and more. Your card will let you take materials out of the Kent State University libraries, access services such as Student Recreation and Wellness Center & athletic events, and purchase goods and services both on and off campus. If you have a dining 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 (previously called the Golden FLASH Card), will allow you to make purchases both on and off campus wherever the FLASHcard is accepted.

How do I get a FLASHcard?

In order to get your Kent State University FLASHcard you must complete a FLASHcard Application Form (PDF). We are located on the Lower Level in the Kent Student Center across from Quaker Steak & Lube, and are open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. You have to have an official state photo ID or Passport. If your are a distance learning student, and can not come to the Flashcard Office or one of the branch campuses office, you can fill out the Flashcard Distance Learning Application (PDF). Once it has been completed please email the application, a notarized copy of an official state photo ID or Passport to Then upload a photo at using the sidebar links.

What is the Residence Hall Dining Plan?

The Dining Plan is an essential part of the Kent State experience and without one a student could not get the full feel of the college atmosphere. Visit the Dining Services website to view your dining plan options. To add a Dining Plan call the FLASHcard Office at 330-672-2273. To change a meal plan please visit FLASHLINE after July 17th and select the change my meal plan button inside your Meal Plan tile.. To petition to be released from a Dining Pan Contract fill out this form: Dining Plan Petition Form (PDF).

What is FLASH Cash?

FLASHcash is a prepaid purchase plan ideal for students, faculty, staff, or anyone who frequently visits the Kent State University Campus. It works like a credit card in reverse. You make an initial deposit to your account, and charges are deducted as you make purchases, much like a debit card issued from your bank. Money on this account carries over yearly and is fully refundable. 

how do i obtain a retirement/emeritus status flashcard?

Qualified employees who earn retirement status, and/or emeritus status with the University are eligible for a new FLASHcard which states your earned status. Your department or human resources will give you an official written notification of the earned status. You are to bring a copy of this notification to the FLASHcard Office, along with your current FLASHcard. We will then print you a new FLASHcard.


Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat - Sun: Closed


Lower Level Kent Student Center, Across from Quaker Steak & Lube