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Grants for Senior Citizens Who Want to Obtain College Degrees

Updated on September 28, 2014

Get a college degree on your own terms

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No Excuses...Now is the Time to Get A College Degree

Over 55, still working or retired and you don’t have a college degree? Right now is a good time to go after your dream of obtaining a degree. Forget about the excuses–you know the ones, too old, can’t understand computers and the big one, not enough money to pay for college because private and government grants, scholarships and waivers may be available for senior citizens ready to claim their college degree.

Move forward. If you are not a computer wizard take classes at a local senior center or community college and get a head start on learning how to use one. You can make the second half of your life a new beginning. You may not use your degree to climb the corporate ladder but you can achieve your own personal goals. It’s really is true, age is just a number.

FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Student Aid) The FAFSA application can be completed online and it is the first step to getting government financial aid. The government does not discriminate because of your age. Seniors may also qualify for grants from the government for their undergraduate degree. Grants include the Pell, FSEOG (Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant), National SMART Grants, work study grants and LEAP Grants.

Tuition Waivers-Most states offer tuition waivers to seniors 62 and over to earn college degrees. Check with your local college or university to find out if they offer waivers or reduced tuition. The American Council on Education says about 60% of colleges and universities offer waivers. Generally books, computers and other school related materials are not included in the tuition waiver. However, there are grants and other financial resources to help you pay for your books and other related items. Some of the colleges that offer tuition waivers include North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Virginia, University of Delaware and Northern Michigan University.

Available Scholarships - The University of Alabama offers an Adults Scholarship Program and the University of Phoenix offers a First Chance Scholarships to adults entering college for the first time. Seniors can also go online to, create a profile and find other scholarships that are available for older students. For women, AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) offers scholarships for education and other financial needs.

Private Grants for Older Adults-Foundations also offer educational assistance for older college students. Specifically for women over 35-years-old the Jeannette Rankin Foundation offers grants and for women over 40 the Avon Foundation for Women has competitive grants for women. A central location to find private grants for individuals is the Foundation Center. To locate more private foundations that make grants to older individuals check the Foundation Center’s website. It list over 8,000 private foundations to make grants to individuals.



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