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Scholarships for Adult Students

Those who decide to go back to school typically do not think of applying for scholarships. Adult scholarships are more difficult to attain in contrast to students entering their freshman year in college. There is no doubt that attending college requires some financial assistance. Adult scholarships are the answer for those seeking better career and work opportunities; seeking upward mobility and better positions tend to require extended education. Adult students typically have more bills and family to support when trying to pay for school. Such students have taken fiscal, adult responsibility and do not rely on the parents for support, which is worth commending. Additionally, many adult students may be balancing work and college and may be making too much money to qualify for need-based federal student financial aid. All of these factors make scholarships for adult students welcome for those qualify.

Despite the incentives for adult scholarships, many students still believe the financial aid myth that there are no scholarships for adult students. Many adult students do see themselves as prospective winners. Perhaps having dropped out of school years ago, or simply stopping school after high school, they are more hesitant when it comes to applying and searching for scholarships. The chances of finding scholarships for adult students attending a community college or vocational school instead of a four-year college or university might also seem slim.

The same advice applies to adult students as to high school seniors: there are scholarships out there for everyone. Most scholarship providers do not put age limits for scholarships, such as the Scholarships.com Area of Study college scholarships are available to any students who will be enrolled in college next year). There are also numerous scholarships for adult students. Your college may offer special scholarships for adult students. Your current employer may even pay part of your tuition, especially if your degree is related to the company’s line of work. Additionally, you can do a free scholarship search here on Scholarships.com and instantly get a list of scholarship awards that apply to your situation. With all the challenges of going back to school, adding a scholarship search to the list might be a daunting task, but it can pay off in the end.

Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2019
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The ASIST scholarship is available to adults facing economic, social, or physical challenges, who are looking to improve their situation through educational opportunities. Local chapters partner with educational providers and social services agencies to identify potential candidates. Students first apply and compete at the local chapter level. Chapter-level winners are submitted to the corporate [...] More

Charles Shelton Veterinarian Medicine/Technology Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2019
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Charles Shelton Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide educational scholarships to African-American students pursuing a degree in veterinarian medicine or veterinarian technology. Scholarships are awarded to individuals who have demonstrated an interest and commitment to animal welfare. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, be aa African-American [...] More

Oregon Ford ReStart Program Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Ford ReStart Program is need-based and was created to encourage adults, age 25 or older, to begin or return to full-time post-secondary education to earn a degree at an eligible college.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be at least 25 years of age by March 1 of the application year
    -Be residents of Oregon or Siskiyou County, California
    -Have a high school diploma or GED certificate
    -Must be [...] More

Senior Adult Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Senior Adult Scholarship Program is a free tuition program for senior citizens (individuals 60 years or older) who meet the admission requirements and attend public two-year post-secondary institutions in Alabama. Contact the financial aid office at any public two-year post-secondary educational institution in Alabama for more information.

    For more information or to apply, please visit [...] More

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Last Reviewed: March 2019

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