Non-Traditional Student?

Non-Traditional Students and Advanced Education Information

Congratulations on deciding to further your education and professional training! This site is designed specifically for you! College and University’s will often refer to working aged adults as “Non-Traditional Students” as you aren’t the traditional college aged student. That’s OK! It’s never too late to learn! This site contains the information and support you need to help you navigate the steps to get you on your way.

Linda Lee, author of Success without College, (Doubleday) says some students are tired of the daily grind of reading and writing and math, and therefore opt out of starting a post-secondary plan because of “school burnout”.

If this describes you or for whatever other reasons you had for not starting a post-secondary plan right out of high school, you may find the road to getting back into educational training difficult and confusing. When you do decide to move ahead, it will be important to talk to people familiar with the decision making process. The plan listed on this website may help you move ahead.

Whaltl is a Non-Traditional Student?

Non-traditional students are students 25 and older who return to school for any reason–a GED, degree, professional certification, even lifelong learning.

These are not your 18-year-old high-school graduates heading off to college.

We’re talking about adults who decide to go back to school after the traditional college age of 18-24.

Also Known As: Adult student, adult learner, lifelong learner, or older student.

Alternate Spellings: Non traditional student or nontraditional student

Examples of a non-traditional student: Baby boomers, people 46-64, are flocking back to school to finish degrees or earn new ones. These non-traditional students now have the life experience and financial stability to make college more meaningful.


New Non-Traditional Student Checklist

Apply

Apply Online to the institutions of your choice. College Applications Fees vary by institution. (Note: Most college application fees are FREE during College Application Week November 3rd – 7th!)

Financial Aid

Fill out your FAFSA: This will give you access to Federal Financial Aid, i.e. Grants, Scholarships, and Student Loans. CLICK HERE to file your FAFSA Online.

Transcripts

Obtain a copy of your high school transcript if you have graduated in the last 3 years and send it to the institution of your choice. Obtain an official transcript from any college / and or institution that you have completed any coursework.

Course Placement

This is a proctored, computer generated assessment that will place your skill level in writing, reading, tech literacy, and math to ensure your success. Contact your desired institution for more information and to schedule an appointment. Course placement may not be needed if…you took the ACT/SAT within the last three (3) years, or you successfully completed math and English at a previous college.

New Student Orientation

Once you have completed all the required steps to admissions, you will receive an acceptance letter. This letter will provide details on how to reserve your new student orientation time. At orientation you will meet with an advisor to discuss courses to register for.

Registration

Once you have completed all the above steps to admissions and have attended orientation, you will be able to register for classes.

Linda Lee, author of Success without College, (Doubleday) says some students are tired of the daily grind of reading and writing and math, and therefore opt out of starting a post-secondary plan because of “school burnout”.

If this describes you or for whatever other reasons you had for not starting a post-secondary plan right out of high school, you may find the road to getting back into educational training difficult and confusing. When you do decide to move ahead, it will be important to talk to people familiar with the decision making process. The plan listed on this website may help you move ahead.


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