Regional College Access Center

Scholarships for adult students

Adults returning to college should not be discouraged by the fact that some scholarships are available only to high school students! You also possess certain advantages in the financial aid application process:

  1. Apply as soon as you can for the FAFSA, which opens each January 1. High school students need their parents to help them fill out and submit the FAFSA. If you are over 24 years old, you can do the FAFSA on your own. Much of the aid from FAFSA is first-come, first-served, which is great for you.
  2. Many professional organizations, unions, and religious congregations offer scholarships. They're not always well-publicized, so ask around.
  3. Many companies offer financial help for employees who wish to further their education. Ask your employer about tuition assistance. Even if there is no formal program in place, you may still be work something out. Make the case that your studies will benefit your colleagues and the bottom line.

You can find more tips and links to specific scholarships targeted at adult students on these sites: