Sunday, January 8, 2012

Traditional Student in College (Being a Non)

Going to college is a popular option for many people these days, not just high school graduates. Many people have either lost their job, can't find a job, or want to advance their career, and one way to do this is by going back to college. "Non-traditional" students, or older students, are becoming more and more common at different campuses and classes across the nation. While a lot of them didn't expect to be back in college, a lot of them thrive and actually some do better than high school graduates. So, if you have ever thought about going back to college, now may be the time.

There are many advantages of being a non-traditional student. Most have been either out in the working world, or have enough experience to look at college with a different perspective. A lot of older students say they appreciate their education a lot more now than when they first were in college, and most of them say they work harder for their grades than they would have when they were younger. Older students also can apply a lot of their class work to real world situations and it gives them a better understanding than some traditional students.

If funding is a problem, there are scholar ships and financial aid that may be available. The first thing you should keep in mind is that financial aid is available for any and all types of students. If you have any questions about financial aid, your school should be able to help you find the information you need. When it comes to applying for scholarships, you should apply to any and all that you can, even if it has an age restriction. There are a lot of scholarships that don't have any applicants, so even though you may not meet the requirements, you may be the only applicant which means you would probably be granted the scholarship.


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