Getting Started

Any adult who wants to go to college can do so, regardless of their age. You can start at almost any level and go as far as you want, as long as you have the motivation to do so. There are many options and benefits available to help you pay for the costs of college, including: military tuition assistance, GI Bill programs, Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment, state education benefits, Federal Financial Aid and scholarships.

There are nearly five million adult learners in the United States; approximately 70 percent of them are pursuing degrees, with half attending classes during the day and half taking classes in the evening. Some study on a full-time basis, but the majority attend part-time. Most are mature, motivated and successful in college, often because they have clear reasons for wanting an education.

Tips for Getting Started

  • Start with a few courses to ease into the transition.
  • Take notes during class and consider recording lectures.
  • Get to know your professors and ask for their help.
  • Take advantage of school resources such as academic services, tutoring, writing centers, counseling services, and use them as needed.

Click the links to the left – or below – to review factors you may want to consider as you pursue post-secondary education.

Be Prepared

This section will help you think through some important questions related to your entrance or return to college. The sections that follow will help you to shape your answers. Remember: The process can be stressful at times, but the rewards are well worth it!

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Fields & Career Paths

What is your ideal career? This section will help you arrive at an answer based on both your interests and your experiences in the Armed Forces. Be sure to click on the links; there are plenty of resources out there to help you find the right fit.

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Choosing the Right School

Today’s GI Bill benefits cover a wide range of institutions, programs and degrees. Spend some time researching your options and discussing them with family and friends. You might be interested to learn more about programs designed with adult learners in mind.

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Financial Planning

Don’t let the price tag of college stop you from achieving your goals! This section includes information and links to online resources on student aid and other aspects of financial planning for college.

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Family & Lifestyle

Your decision to enter or return to college will affect your family as much as it affects you. It’s important, for everyone involved, that you maintain a healthy balance of school, work and family life. This section includes tips for dedicating needed time and energy to all three.

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Help & Guidance

Today’s GI Bill, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and several other organizations are here to help service members and veterans make the most of their well-deserved benefits. Familiarize yourself with the resources available to you, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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