Nontraditional Students

You CAN feel good about your decision to invest in more education.

If you haven't been in school for a while, you may have concerns about returning to the classroom. Are you too old to learn anymore? Will the cost be worth it? Is financial aid even a possibility for nontraditional students?

Rest assured that you are not the only person asking these questions. Nontraditional students are a growing group. In fact, they comprise 58% of students taking courses these days. As a result, the world of higher education, including student aid, is adapting to the needs of this increasing student population.

Test Your Knowledge

What percentage of community college students are single parents?

  1. 5%
  2. 10%
  3. 15%
  4. 20%

3. 15%

A 2003–2004 study found that approximately 15% of the students enrolled in community college are single parents.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2008