Making the Grade
Tips to Stay on Track and in School
Tips for Non-Traditional Students, Veterans, and Adult Learners
Schools and universities recognize that older students bring a unique set of benefits to the classroom. These students have years of experience, more maturity, greater focus, and a wealth of knowledge that they can draw upon and use for succeeding in school. Keep in mind the enormous advantages you have as someone who has been “out in the world” for several years.
- Take credit where credit is due
In some cases, you might be able to receive college credit for the knowledge you’ve gained through work, prior coursework, independent study, and internships.
- Ask about assistance and financial programs for older students
Many programs are available that are geared toward older students. Investigate on-campus resources ranging from special funding to support groups.
- Remember how far you’ve come
Older students are more likely to have children or aging parents to support, creating challenges that younger students might not have. On the other hand, remember the challenges you have faced so far and the obstacles you have overcome.