for Re-entry Students: Grants and Retraining Assistance
for Adults Returning to College
One of the major concerns of
adult students is finding the money to finance their
education. Because they work full-time, receive good
salaries, or hold certain assets, they may find their
financial aid award is not enough to meet their needs
without taking out costly student loans. Too, many scholarships
are targeted to high school students and first year
college freshmen, and if adult students are transferring
to a 4-year institution from a community college, they
may find an additional disadvantage as colleges can
award proportionately more grants in financial aid packages
to incoming freshmen, with a higher loan package or
"self-help" for the older applicant.
Although many adult students hear about help to go back
to school, continue their education, or train for a
new career, they are often unaware where to find it
or what programs they may be eligible for. This special
report provides information on scholarships, grants,
and private organizations and associations that aid
adults returning to college. Sources of aid include
awards especially for re-entry students, women, single
parents, and adults re-entering the work force, including
money from federal, state, and private organizational
and academic programs. Assistance is available for full
or part-time, undergraduate and graduate study. Awards
range from $500 to $10,000, include description and
contact information, and are hyper-linked for
the Web. All information is available for immediate
is a sampling of what is available:
Also included are tips on finding funding, how to apply for and win scholarships,
and maximize your financial aid as an adult student. If you are going
back to college to begin or finish your degree, this guide can help you
find the aid you need.
- Find out about federal and state programs that provide
assistance to adults seeking entrance or continuing their post-secondary
- Are you a dislocated worker or displaced homemaker?
Learn about funding for education and employment training.
- Many community organizations and foundations provide
assistance to adults going back to school. You may be eligible.
- Check out associations and societies that offer scholarships
and grants to older students.
- Are you a single parent? There are programs and awards especially
To find out more, please visit the Adult
Student Grants Web site.