Senior Guest Program

The Senior Guest Program at Kent State University allows persons 60 years of age or older to audit Kent State courses tuition-free, on a space-available basis, and with faculty approval.

Senior guests do not receive grades, and no credit is awarded. Senior guests request to enroll in one to two courses per semester during a designated enrollment period.

Fall 2022 Registration is Closed.

Spring Registration will be Tuesday, January 3, from 9:00 am to Monday, January 9, 2023, at 5:00 pm. 
No pre-registration is required.

Senior Guest Registration Information and Process

  • This registration is for courses at the Kent campus 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. OCDE 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. 

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 $15 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 link in your Blackboard course.

Fees are base fees and distance learning fees ($15.00 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. 

Please contact us by email at 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. The Senior Guest administrator will contact the faculty member and notify you whether your course request has been approved or denied.
  • Course requests will be submitted 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.

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.

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For additional help, please contact the Online Support Team at