As adult learners return to school this semester, many of them are worried about paying their tuition. Unlike traditional students, they have to balance work, family, and education. We have discussed two options these students have, namely loans and grants. In t his third and final series, we discuss scholarships for adult learners.
Scholarships are not the first idea that comes to mind when adult learners way their options for paying tuition. "Despite the incentives for finding scholarships for adult students, many students still base their college plans on the financial aid myths that there are no scholarships for adult students to be found, and that even if these scholarships do exist, average students won’t qualify for them."( http://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-type/scholarships-for-adult-students/) Nevertheless, scholarships for adult learners do exist.
Some of the same scholarships that are available to eighteen-year-old college students are available to adult learners. In addition, there are also scholarships offered specifically to adult learners. One such scholarship is by the Imagine America Foundation (http://www.imagine-america.org/scholarshipsforadults/qualifications). Another example is Adult Students in Academic Transition (ASIST) scholarship, offered by the EWI, or the Executive Women International. (http://www.ewiconnect.com/ewiconnect/Community/Scholarships.aspx?hkey=6f397d5d-214e-49f0-a42d-da6d5991b5d6)
In conclusion, multiple options exist for adult learners to pay their tuition, including grants, loans, and scholarships.