Credit When It's Due
Kent State has collaborated with the Ohio Department of Education and other institutions to assist eligible students with obtaining an associate degree through the Credit When It's Due (CWID) initiative.
- the student must have coursework from an Ohio community college and Kent State University
- have completed or be currently enrolled in courses that meet the requirements of an associate of arts or associate of science degree
- have not previously been awarded a degree
Please see the FAQs below for additional information regarding the CWID program.
Those who have met the criteria for the CWID program will receive an email to their Kent State University email address letting them know of their eligibility for the associate degree. Students with questions about the program should contact one of the individuals below:
|Contact information||Campus contact Title||Campus||Campus contact email address||Contact phone|
|Melissa Anderson||Speical Assistant - Office of the University Registrar||Kent Campus||mander89 [at] kent.edu||330-672-3131|
|Diane Walker||Director Analytics & CRM||Stark Campus||dcwalker [at] kent.edu||330-244-3256|
Credit When It's Due Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Will I have to reapply for admission if I earn an associate degree?
A. No, you will not have to reapply for admission.
Q. Is there any cost associated with taking advantage of this program?
A. No, there is no charge to take advantage of this opportunity.
Q. Will I need to re-declare my major?
A. No, you will remain in your declared bachelor’s degree program.
Q. Will earning this associate degree impact my bachelor's degree?
A. No, earning this associate degree will not impact your bachelor's degree program.
Q. Will earning an associate degree impact my financial aid eligibility?
A. No, your financial eligibility will not be affected by earning the associate degree.
Q. Will my student loans go into repayment six months after I earn my associate degree?
A. No. As long as you are continuously enrolled at least half time and working on your bachelor’s degree, earning your associate degree will not change your loan repayment schedule. A student must complete Exit Loan Counseling when they exit the university, drop to less than half time enrollment status or graduate. You must complete Exit Loan Counseling on the web, via www.studentloans.gov.
Q. I understand that I must be continuously enrolled at least half-time to prevent my student loans from going into repayment. I am not taking classes this summer. Will my loans go into repayment during this time?
A. Yes, they may. If you do not intend to enroll in classes for the summer semester, after earning the associate degree in the spring, you will need to contact your loan servicer to determine your eligibility for deferment or forbearance.
Q. Will I receive the Associate of Arts or the Associate of Science?
|Bachelor’s Degree||AA or AS|
Q. Will I receive a diploma?
A. Yes, your diploma will be mailed to your diploma address as it appears in FlashLine. If you do not have a diploma address on file, your diploma will be mailed to your permanent address as it appears on FlashLine. Please check your address for accuracy.
Q. Will the associate degree appear on my transcript?
A. Yes, your associate degree will be noted on your transcript.
Q. Must I attend commencement to receive my associate degree?
A. No, you are not required to attend your campus commencement ceremony in order to receive your associate degree.
Q. Can I repeat a course at a later date if I have my associate degree?
A. Yes, courses taken as part of a completed associate degree may be repeated under course repeat policy.
Q. Can I use the Academic Forgiveness Policy if I have been awarded an associate degree?
A. The Academic Forgiveness Policy can apply to any course not used in awarding the associate degree.
Q. What should I do if I do not want an associate degree?
A. Complete the Opt-Out Form and return to the address on the form or scan and email the form to gradsvc [at] kent.edu.
Q. If I opt-out of the associate degree can I change my mind and get it?
A. Yes, you can still choose to earn the degree by completing an undergraduate change of program and applying to graduate.
Q. What should I do if I already have a degree from another college or university?
A. You should select to opt-out.