55 & Older Students

For many adults 55 and older, the period leading up to retirement and your retirement years provides new opportunities for continuing your learning. Whether you want to take a course for vocational or recreational reasons, are interested in really taking that literature or history course you "worked" your way through many years ago, want to learn a new language or more about a place you will be visiting, or simply want to enjoy learning for learning sake, e-learning can help you meet your objectives.

Some institutions offer free tuition to seniors but the age requirement will vary by state and institution. Be sure to ask! If your state does not have a formal policy, contact the Admissions Office, or Registrar’s Office or Continuing Education Department at the college or university offering the course to obtain enrollment information. Be sure to verify there is space available in the course you want to take. Some fees may be charged to include books and materials.

What does an online course look like? Here are some samples:

Dallas Baptist University

Middle Tennessee State University 

West Virginia State University 

Tuition Waiver information — Many SREB states have special programs designed for older students — offering reduced and, in some cases, no tuition to participants.


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