Summer Advantage FAQ (2019)

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 are the dates of the program?

Program dates: June 3-July 12, 2019

Who can apply?

All undergraduate underrepresented students are encouraged to apply! Underrepresented student demographics – African American, Latino American, Native American, and Biracial/Multiracial American.

How many courses are free?

Participants will get one free course. Consideration for two free courses is prioritized by graduation date and academic need.

Is there a cost to participate in Summer Advantage?

Yes, the only cost associated with participating in Summer Advantage is the cost of books, supplies and course materials. The program covers tuition, housing and a parking pass.

Program expectations - What you can expect from us

  • Support for your continued student success.
  • Pay for your summer tuition for the approved courses and credits. Tuition and fees are not the same.
    • Tuition = cost of teaching/instruction.
    • Fees = other associated costs (i.e., course fees, legal fees, etc.).
  • Housing on campus if needed.
  • Parking permit if needed.
  • Job and internship search assistance.
  • Development opportunities through career workshops, success coaching, leadership and engagement.
  • Direct investment in your overall success at Kent and beyond.

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

Yes, FAFSA 2019-20 must be completed – and not in verification or any other status other than completed.

Do 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.

Do I need to live on campus to participate?

No, summer housing on campus is available on an as-needed basis. Students who meet the criteria can participate as an online student (remotely away from campus) while taking an online course, internship/co-op or research experience or taking a course at the Kent Campus.

What are the program benefits?

  • Tuition coverage for a summer course.
  • 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 in 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.


  • Career Week with career exploration and development. Attendance and professional dress is required. The sessions include: – Resume and cover letter, interviewing techniques, You’re Hired: Mock-Interviews, professionalism, networking, elevator pitches and more.

  • Leadership series, career navigation, academic success seminars, success coaching and completing a success plan with a peer success specialist.

  • Summer Program Mixer with EHHS Bridges, Academic S.T.A.R.S., and Summer Advantage.

  • Cultural excursion to Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Art Museum and live music fest.

  • Several service-learning days at Campus Kitchen.

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