Senior Guest Program

The Kent State Geauga and Twinsburg Academic Center's Senior Guest Program is designed to encourage Ohio's Senior Citizens to attend classes.

Senior guests are adults 60 years old or older can attend many classes for free on a noncredit, space-available basis.

  • Many seniors attend Art, English, Geology, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, and Psychology undergraduate classes.
  • Seniors may participate in a graduate course if they meet the prerequisites for the class.
  • Senior guest students are encouraged to complete class assignments and participate in class discussions and activities, but always at the discretion of the instructor. Taking exams is optional.
  • Senior guests must purchase textbooks and pay any special course fees.

Senior Guest Registration Information and Process

  • This registration is for courses at the Geauga Campus and Twinsburg Academic Center only. To find registration for all other Kent State campuses, visit the Campus Contact Information page
  • Eligibility: Any person who is sixty years of age or older and who has 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 Distance Education will contact the faculty member and notify you about whether your course request has been approved or denied.
  • Senior guests enrolling in on-campus courses should review the following important safety protocols.
  • Visit the Senior Guest FAQs page for additional information. 

Registration for Fall Classes

Fall Registration will be open August 9 - 18, 2021

Registration Link Coming Soon

  • Any distance learning and material fees will be billed through the Bursar's Office. Please check your kent.edu email and FlashLine for e-bills. 

How to Search for Classes

  • Go to the Course Schedules page
    • Click on Searchable Schedule
    • Select the Term you wish to attend
    • Click the Detailed Class Search button
      • You must select these required fields, but you 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: Geauga Campus
        3. Course Level: Undergraduate
        4. Click Search

Flashcard - Your Kent State ID

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 at the Geauga Campus or Twinsburg Academic Center. Be sure to bring a photo ID with you.


Additional Information:

Prior to Registration

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
  • Instructor's Name
  • CRN#
  • Department
  • Course #
  • Section #
  • Course dates 
Schedule of Classes
Distance Learning & Material Fees

Senior Guests are responsible for the payment of all course fees covering materials and supplies, as well as, the $12 per credit hour distance learning fee assessed for all online courses. Senior Guests are also responsible for the purchase of books. 


Flash Books Charge
Important: If your course is included in the Flash Books Program you will automatically receive, and be billed for, the digital textbook.

To Opt-Out: To opt-out of Flash Books, login to your course in Blackboard, select the Flash Books icon, and select the opt-out link in the top menu. Follow the directions in the opt-out link to complete the opt-out process.  By opting out, you are responsible for obtaining the required course materials outlined by your instructor for your course.

Content Type:  eTextbook content is accessed by clicking on the Flash Books icon in your Blackboard course. Publisher Courseware is made available by your instructor through a separate links in your Blackboard course.


Fees are base fees and distance learning fees ($12.00 per credit hour). 

In order to determine whether your selected course(s) requires a fee, visit the Schedule of Classes. Once you have located your course, click on the dollar sign icon. See the image below for additional guidance. 

Senior Guest Fee Example

If your course does not require a distance learning or materials fee, no further action is required. 

If your course does require a distance learning or materials fee, please pay here. Enter the required course fee amount and pay using your credit card. Accepted forms of payment include American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, and electronic check. Please be advised that there is a convenience fee of 2.99% for credit card transactions. The Office of Continuing and Distance Education will also accept a personal check. 

Please contact us by email at continuinged@kent.edu with any questions.

Please note: If you are not granted permission to enroll in your selected course, distance learning and material fees will be refunded if using a credit card. 

Program Policies & Guidelines
  • Admission to courses is by faculty approval only. OCDE will contact the faculty member and notify you about whether your course request has been approved or denied.
  • OCDE will submit course requests 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, 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

This section is for courses that are created to be fully online. This is not a section for remote learning. For courses that were put online during COVID-19, please visit Keep On Learning

One of the key factors in being successful in online courses is effectively utilizing resources. This page provides a list of comprehensive support services, including tips and tricks for getting your computer ready, strategies to be a successful online student, policies, and direct links to student academic services.

View all Available Online Degrees.

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For additional help, please contact the Online Support Team at onlinelearning@kent.edu.