Return to Learn


According to the U.S. Department of Education, post-secondary enrollment of adults 25 and over rose by 13 percent between 1995 and 2006. Another 19 percent increase in adult enrollment is expected between 2006 and 2017.

Things to consider:

  • Talk to other adults who have gone back to college. If you don’t know of any in your community, talk to your local community college admissions team; they would most likely be happy to connect you to someone.
  • Investigate evening, weekend, and online course options in your community.
  • Ask your college of choice if they accept College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam scores, which give you college credit for what you already know through experiences such as independent study, on-the-job training, professional development, and cultural pursuits.
  • Contact the admissions team at a local college, even if you aren't sure if that is the college for you. You can also consider contacting a counselor at your old high school (or even your kid’s high school) for help with general questions.
  • Ask to sit in on a class so you can get a feel for the student body.
  • Investigate the average length of time it takes for part-time and/or return to learn students to graduate. This can help you plan your time and your budget.
  • Contact the financial aid office about options for your specific situation. Also ask about payment options available if paying tuition in one lump sum is a challenge.