Adult and Non-Traditional
Adult and Non-Traditional Students
Starting or returning to college in Vermont as an adult has a lot of advantages. With our wide variety of institutions you are certain to find a scenario to fit your needs. Whether you want to find a College near your home or you want to study at a Vermont college from another corner of the globe, with the density of colleges in our State and the availability of learning technology …you can.
Many of Vermont's college's not only offer academic programs to meet your interests, but modes of learning to meet your lifestyle, all the while offering support systems and a sense of community you need. Single parents, veterans, senior citizens, first generation students, and career changers all have a place at Vermont colleges.
Modes of Learning
How you study toward your degree, certificate or for personal satisfaction, can make a huge difference. Adult students have the additional option of enrolling at many or Vermont's colleges through Continuing Education Departments, completing an Online Degree, or using a Low Residency Model in combination with Distance Learning. Contact your favorite Vermont college to find out which learning options they offer.
If you are a transfer student, be sure to submit a copy of your transcript from all of the prior post-secondary schools you have attended.
Earn college credit for what you already know! Vermont State Colleges administers an Assessment of Prior Learning (www.ccv.edu/apl) that allows you to potentially get academic credit for what you have already gained in life and career experience. This credit can then be transferred to most Vermont colleges.
In addition to honoring the many types of benefits you may be eligible for, many Vermont colleges participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Check with your favorite Vermont college to see what specific services are available to veterans.
Financial Aid Resources
- FAFSA: You may have done this in the past for yourself or a child, or even if it's your first time, it will be an important step in the process. Many Vermont colleges will help you through any difficulties you encounter in filling out the form, just contact their Financial Aid Office.
- VSAC: If you are a Vermonter, don't forget to apply with the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation. You may be especially interested in the Non-Degree Grant if you are returning to school without enrolling in a degree program.