Financial Aid for Nontraditional Students
Often times, people find themselves taking time off after their high school graduation before deciding on going to college to pursue an undergraduate degree. For these students, scholarships may be difficult to find, but not entirely impossible. If you are 25 or older and wish to pursue a college degree, you will find yourself categorized as a nontraditional student.
Age is never a restricting factor when it comes to college applications. Colleges accept students from all walks of life, which include all age groups. If you are an older student looking to pursue a college degree, do not neglect the financial aid aspect of the process. There are several hundred scholarships available for nontraditional students funded by various sources like corporations and professional associates.
A list of general scholarships for nontraditional students include the American Legion Auxiliary Non-traditional Student Scholarship, the Walmart Associate Scholarship, the Association for Nontraditional Students in Higher Education, the Adult Students in Scholastic Transition Scholarship and the Osher Reentry Scholarship Program.
Scholarships for Women
These include the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, the Jeannette Rankin Foundation Scholarship and scholarships from organizations like the American Association of University Women, the Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting and the Women’s Opportunity Awards Program.
Federal Student Aid
Just like any other students applying to college, nontraditional students need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). However, a hurdle you might face in seeking federal aid may come in the form of restrictions on educational background. For instance, some grants (like the Pell grant) may not be available to a person who has already completed a bachelor’s degree or a first professional degree. Even then, it does not disallow you from taking a loan or participating in a work- study program.
Students can apply for federal loans like a Stafford loan and students who are working can apply for employer tuition assistance.