Senior Guest Program | Office of Continuing and Distance Education | Kent State University

The Senior Guest Program at Kent State University allows Ohio residents age 60 years and older to attend regular university on-campus classes tuition-free on a space-available basis.

This registration is for courses at the Kent campus only. 


Spring 2019 Registration is CLOSED

  • Online registration and in-person registration is CLOSED
Online Registration



PRIOR TO REGISTRATION: Please refer to the Schedule of Classes for course information that is required to have prior to starting the online registration.

Required Items:

  • Course Title
  • Course Level - Undergraduate/Graduate
  • Instructor's Name
  • CRN#
  • Department
  • Course #
  • Section #
  • Building Name/Classroom #
  • Days of the week and time of course
In-Person Registration
Registration Help Day is for in-person and online courses available at the Kent campus ONLY.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Office of Continuing and Distance Education, Lincoln Building, 120 North Lincoln Street, Kent Campus
(Lincoln and Main, behind Papa John's Pizza)

For in-person registration, please:

  • Bring proof of age (including driver's license or State ID). Senior guests must be 60 years of age or older and have been a resident of Ohio for at least the last 12 months.
  • Determine what classes you want to take prior to the in-person registration. See the Schedule of Classes for a list of courses. 

Once you have completed the registration form, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will make the request to the instructor for your admittance into a class after your in-person registration. You should not contact the instructor directly

If approved by the instructor, Senior Guests will be notified via email of their permission to attend the course(s) they have selected.

Schedule of Classes

Please determine what classes you want to take prior to registration.

See the Schedule of Classes for a list of courses. 

Setting Up Your Account in Blackboard Learn

Follow the steps below to set up your account in Blackboard Learn.

1. A guest account username will be emailed to your personal email address. 

2. A temporary password is required. Please follow the formula below to create your temporary password.

Senior Guest Registration Temporary Password

3. Login to Flashline to fully activate your account. You will be prompted to make an account and set up a new password.

4. Access Blackboard Learn and login with the username and password you previously created. 

For step-by-step instructions with corresponding pictures and additional information, use Setting Up Your Guest Account (PDF)

Distance Learning & Material Fees


Senior Guests are responsible for the payment of special 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. 

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 or call by phone at 330-672-3100 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. 

Parking on the Kent Campus

Senior Guests are responsible for purchasing their parking permits through Parking Services. Parking in any lot on campus requires a parking permit.

Contact Parking Services at 330-672-4432 for parking fees.

Parking Services is located in the Schwartz Center, room 123 first floor, 800 E Summit.

Office hours are 7:30 am – 5:00 pm Mon-Fri.

If you have a Golden Buckeye card, you may park free for two hours in the Student Center parking lot ONLY.

Senior Guests may ride the Campus Bus free of charge on the campus. There is a nominal charge for use of the off-campus buses.

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. 

Please read the full list of program policies and guidelines below before submitting your registration.  

Senior Guest Program Guidelines (PDF)


For questions or more details, email or call the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at 330-672-2002 or 330-672-3100.