Financial Aid for Adult Learners
Although many schools restrict eligibility for the school's own
financial aid programs to the first Bachelor's degree, many scholarship
and fellowship programs do not have age restrictions, and there are no
age restrictions on eligibility for federal student financial aid. Older
students should conduct a search for aid just like younger students.
Here is some information that you should know when researching how to
pay for your postsecondary education:
Check with the college to find out
if it offers scholarships. You can also search for scholarships for free
You should read IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits
for Education or check with your tax preparer to see how you might benefit from federal income tax
credits for education expenses.
Ask your employer if they offer a
tuition assistance program; some employers will help pay for your
Check into attending a
community college. Tuition at community colleges can be significantly
lower than at four year colleges, especially for Maryland residents.
Choosing a program
Assess your needs before you
apply for admission or register for courses. Make sure your classes fit
your goals or count toward your degree or certificate.
If you are
unsure, visit and speak with a college advisor or professional.
enrollment if you are having difficulty paying for a full-time program,
or if you have other work or family obligations that limit the time you
have to attend class and study.