Sarah Ancel serves as senior vice president and interim leadership for Complete College America CCA , a national nonprofit whose mission is to leverage its alliance of states, systems of higher education, institutional consortia and partner organizations to close achievement gaps and provide equity of opportunity for all students to complete college degrees and credentials of purpose and value. In fact, according to the Lumina Foundation , a full 38 percent of undergraduate students are older than 25, 58 percent work while enrolled in college and 26 percent are raising children. Regardless of the facts, however, that traditional, younger image still persists, making the idea of a return to school intimidating for many older adults seeking to switch careers or enhance their skill sets by enrolling in college. Not only might they feel out of step with their younger peers, but they face the additional challenges of financing their educations and balancing work and family time along with their studies. This guide provides tips for easing this transition, paying for college and addressing the hurdles that may arise in a midlife return to college. There was a time, long ago, when a person would proudly stick with one job until retirement and then be rewarded with a handsome pension and gold watch.
I want to go back to college. Do I qualify for any grants or financial supports?
Going Back to College as an Older Adult
Mature students account for almost 10 per cent of enrolments in higher education. Photograph: iStock. I went into the workforce after leaving school at Now in my early 30s, I have applied for a degree as a mature student but am not sure if I can afford it. Are there grants, scholarships or other financial supports available? As of January , there were 4, mature students enrolled in higher education institutions, almost 10 per cent of total students.
Going back to college as an adult? Here’s what you need to know
Cain, 39, began her college career in at Wayne State University in Detroit. She successfully made it through three years at the school, but just as she could see her degree on the horizon, her grandmother fell ill. School fell by the wayside as Cain cared for her and her own financial obligations rose. A lot of boundaries that were placed between myself and my dream job have been lifted. For years, Cain, who works as a casino host at the MGM Grand Detroit, toyed with returning to college, but work and family obligations kept getting in the way.
This is the time of year that many adults are also thinking about re skilling, revisiting Higher Education or going to Higher Education for the first time. Those adults who are aged, new horizons 23 by the first of February are considered as Mature Students for the purpose of CAO applications. These days it is very common for people to consider going to College or University later in life.