RA (Frequently Asked Questions)


Information sessions are optional, but are encouraged for candidates who are looking for more information about the RA role, have questions about the RA application process, or are hoping to network with current RAs and Residence Services professional staff. Insert the below dates as well:


  • Monday, November 7, 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm - Bowman 224
  • Thursday, November 17, 2016 5:00pm – 7:00pm - Tri-Towers Rotunda
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016 9:00pm – 11:00pm - KSC 310 A/B
  • Wednesday, December 7, 2016 8:30pm – 10:30pm - Studio A


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Candidates who meet eligibility requirements, register for the Peer Leadership Training Course, and who complete the application will be reviewed by the RA Recruitment Committee to be considered for selection. RA candidates will be evaluated based on the submitted application materials, essay question responses, performance in the Peer Leadership Training Course, and references. Candidates no longer under consideration will be notified as soon as possible.

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Are first year students eligible to apply for a Resident Assistant position?

Undergraduate students must have completed at least 30 credit hours before they can become an RA. The application process, however, begins during fall semester, the first semester for most first year students; so, first year students can begin the application process during their first semester. They just will not be able to become an RA until the following fall semester or until they have completed 30 credit hours.

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I would like to become an RA. However, I have several expenses that I would not be able to cover with just the stipend from the RA job. Is there any way exceptions can be made for first semester RAs to hold a job? Even on campus jobs?

Though this situation is understandable, first semester RAs are not allowed to hold other jobs. This requirement is in place to assure that they are able to balance their school work with the heightened responsibilities of the position. RAs do work very hard and their hours are not always convenient, so this first semester is seen as an adjustment period. After an RA has demonstrated the ability to prioritize responsibilities and balance academics with the RA position and outside interests, their RHD may give approval for the RA to take on a maximum of 10 hours of outside work.

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Can Resident Assistants waive their free room & board and receive free tuition instead?

RA compensation packages are not able to be changed; however, if your reasons for asking are related to a scholarship or some other financial aid opportunity, you should contact Financial Aid and see if there is a way to adjust your scholarship/financial aid package. The phone number for that office is 330-672-6000 and it is located in room 103 of the Michael Schwartz Center.

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You should fill out the application NOT including your current semester information. So, if you are a first year/first semester student, you would have 0 credit hours and 0.00 GPA. This will not count against you, as long as by the beginning of the semester you would begin, you have acquired 30 credit hours and have maintained a 2.50 GPA.

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I've been a commuter student for two years. Can I still try and become an RA even if I have not lived in the residence halls?

Students must have lived in university or college housing for at least one semester or quarter. While it may be helpful to have that experience on the Kent State University campus, that is not required.

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Can an RA be married and have his or her spouse live with him or her in the residence hall?

Unfortunately, married students would not be able to have their spouses live in the residence halls with them.

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Are the benefit amounts shown per semester or for the whole year? And what happens when RAs are assigned roommates?

Compensation is shown per semester. RAs receive compensation for whatever room they occupy during their time as an RA. RAs WILL BE assigned roommates in RA rooms that are capable of housing two students.

  • 1st year RA without a roommate receive a stipend of $350.00 per semester bi-weekly
  • 1st year RA with a roommate receive a stipend of $700.00 per semester paid bi-weekly
  • 2nd year RA without a roommate receive a stipend of $375.00 per semester bi-weekly
  • 2nd year RA with a roommate receive a stipend of $750.00 per semester paid bi-weekly

(The amounts above are for AY2016-2017 and are subject to change each academic year)

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How many hours does an RA work each week?

There is no set number of hours an RA works any given week. Each week, RAs must have 10 community hours in their room/on their floor, where they make themselves available to their residents. They also have a staff meeting and a meeting with their supervisor once a week. Depending on the size of the staff, RAs can expect to be on duty about once a week (Sunday-Thursday), which lasts from 8pm through 7am the next morning. They will also have weekend (Friday-Saturday) duty several times a semester, which typically lasts from 8pm to 8am the next morning. Though they are not always actively working during these times, RAs must be in their rooms, prepared to respond to incidents and be available to residents.

Other RA requirements (programming, community building, Hall Council, training, etc.) vary from week to week and require as much time as needed to be completed effectively. RAs are strongly encouraged to spend more than just their community hours on their floor, though, because visibility among residents and frequent interaction is important in getting to know every resident, assessing the needs of the community, and creating student involvement by fostering activities to address the needs.

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What happens if I am hired as an RA in a residence hall where I do not want to work?

RA candidates have an opportunity to express their interests in different communities across campus during the recruitment process but there is no guarantee that they will be placed in these communities. If a candidate turns down a position after they have been placed, they forfeit their position as an RA and will need to reapply to be reconsidered.

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