Summer Advantage FAQ (2020)

What is Summer Advantage?

Summer Advantage is an educational journey based on Career Exploration, Success Coaching and Academic Coursework. The program is designed to assist underrepresented students to graduate in four years and envision a path for the future by building a support network of peers and professional staff.

What’s New with Summer Advantage 2020?

Financial award is estimated as a total award summer experience. Your summer experience cost includes tuition assistance, on-campus housing assistance if needed, academic support, and meals.

What are the dates of the program?

Program Dates: Monday June 1 – Friday, July 10, 2020. *Courses must be during Summer Session I Thursday, June 4 to Wednesday July 8* - Summer Advantage does not extend before or after the dates of the program.

Summer I

  • Start: June 4, 2020
  • End: July 8, 2020
  • Duration: 5 Weeks

Who Can Apply?

Undergraduate underrepresented students are encouraged to apply! *Underrepresented student demographics – African American, Latino American, Native American, and Biracial/Multiracial American. Not open to international students.

Can I apply if I participated in Summer Advantage before?

No, Summer Advantage is a unique experience. If you have participated in the past, you are not eligible to participate again.

How Do I Apply?

On the Academic Diversity Outreach website

What is the Application Process?

Students must apply to be considered for the program. Applying does not guarantee you a place in the program nor is the selection based on first come, first serve. There is a selection process. We select the students who demonstrate the most need for the program based on but not limited to academic performance and need, major and college, graduation date, first generation, financial designation according to FAFSA, and desire to participate.

  • Application open Feb. 1-29, 2020
  • Selection committee reviews the applications to select students Accepted, Wait Listed or Not Accepted
  • Students are notified the week of March 23, 2020

How Many Courses Are Covered?

The program provides tuition assistance for 1 course 3-4 credits.

Can I take more than One Course?

Yes, you can take as many courses as you need. The program only provides tuition assistance for one course between 3-4 credits. On your enrollment plan, you will indicate the level of summer enrollment – less than half time, half-time, three-quarter time, or full time For more information about enrollment plans visit

Is there a cost to participate in Summer Advantage?

Yes, the costs associated with participating in Summer Advantage are course fees, and books, as well as supplies and course materials if needed.

Do I need to have my FAFSA completed to participate in Summer Advantage?

Yes, FAFSA 2020-21 must be completed – not in verification or any other status other than completed. Students must complete a Summer enrollment plan sent out via email by Student Financial Aid (One Stop). Students will not be awarded financial aid until their enrollment plans are submitted on Flash Line. For more information about enrollment plans visit

Should I Need to Meet with My Academic Advisor Before Registering for Summer Courses?

Yes. Students must meet with their academic advisor before registering for summer courses. This ensures that students stay on the graduation track according to their major. Summer registration open February 17, 2020.

Can I participate Online?

Yes, students can participate in Summer Advantage as an online student. Students need to demonstrate the capacity to take an online course and pass with a C or better. Your course can be online from any Kent campus (i.e. Tuscarawas, East Liverpool, etc.).

What if I need to live on campus for the summer?

Summer housing is available to all Kent State students who will be taking summer classes and/or who are enrolled for fall classes.

Summer housing is contracted on a weekly basis starting Sunday and ending on Saturday each week. You may add or remove weeks from your summer housing application at any point by contacting us no later than the Friday before each summer week begins. Students who reside on campus during the spring semester will be able to move directly into their summer housing assignment if they are contracted for the first week of the intersession term. All residence hall policies will remain in effect throughout the summer. Summer housing application opens April 1 and the cost is $40. Please visit

What are the program benefits?

  • Tuition Assistance for 1 Summer Course *Exact amount determined based on financial need*
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Career Exploration Workshops
  • Cultural and Service-Learning Activities
  • Peer-to-Peer Connections

What is the time commitment?

This is a six-week experience comprised of academic support and skill building. Students are expected to commit to participating the full six-week experience through the following ways: weekly academic checks, study table hours, attend three skill sessions a week and participate in four service-learning days.

Here are a few examples of past workshops

  • Career Exploration and Development: Maximizing Career Growth”; “What Does Your Netflix Say About You”
  •  Leadership Series: “Professionalism 101”;The Competitive Edge 101”
  • Mental Health & Wellness: “Defining Yourself as an Overcomer”
  • Financial: “Financial Literacy”; “Balling on a Budget”

For direct questions, please contact Elisha Swanson, Assistant Director, at or by phone 330-672-0334. Thank you and Go Flashes!