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Top Scholarships for Nontraditional Students in 2022
According to research from the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, 40% of the current undergraduate students at US colleges and universities are nontraditional. These students do not fit into the 18 to 24 year old demographic of people who go to college directly after high school. Luckily, there are a number of scholarships for nontraditional students available!
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- Scholarships for nontraditional students
- Frequently asked questions about scholarships for nontraditional students
- Summary of top scholarships for nontraditional students
- Upcoming scholarships
- Explore these other scholarship categories
Many nontraditional students are working and are trying to juggle both school and a job. For information on eligibility, the award amount, and application links, for all of the scholarships for nontraditional students keep reading!
Scholarships for Nontraditional Students
- Eligibility: Open to to student veterans who are planning to or already pursuing a higher education degree for computer science in the United States
- Amount: $10,000
- Deadline: January 22, 2022
- Eligibility: Low-income women age 35 or older planning to/pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate’s degree, or a first bachelor’s degree
- Amount: Varies
- Deadline February 26, 2022
- Eligibility: Applicants must be two-year, dues paying members of the American Legion, Auxiliary, or Sons of The American Legion. Applicants may be pursuing training in a certified, trade, professional, or technical program, or a two-year or four-year degree program
- Amount: $2,000
- Deadline: March 1 of each year
- Eligibility: Single parents from Oregon and Siskiyou County, California who are/planning to earn a college degree
- Amount: Award covers 90% of unmet college costs (50 are awarded!)
- Deadline: March 1 of each year (must fill out the FAFSA to apply, which opens on October 1–the earlier you fill out the FAFSA, the better!)
- Eligibility: U.S. citizens enrolled in an accredited online degree program in the USA who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
- Amount: $1,000
- Deadline: March 15th or October 15th of each year
- Eligibility: All high school students, college students, graduate students, and adult learners
- Amount: $1,000
- Deadline: July 31, 2022
Frequently asked questions about scholarships for adult learners:
Can nontraditional students get scholarships?
Yes! There are a number of scholarships for nontraditional students, many of which are in this post! We also recommend that nontraditional students and adult learners complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid so that they can qualify for need-based financial aid. You can also try out our free scholarship search tool, which custom-matches you to vetted scholarship opportunities.
Will I qualify for scholarships and financial aid if I am a part-time student?
It depends on the scholarship and on the specific college or university. Different scholarship organizations and colleges will have different requirements about the number of credit hours that you need to qualify for scholarships. You should also know that some scholarships and financial aid programs also have an academic requirement that says you must maintain a specific GPA to remain eligible.
If I am a nontraditional student, will I need to submit SAT or ACT scores?
Some colleges will require all students to submit the SAT or ACT. However, there are a growing number of colleges that are test-optional and do not require any sort of testing for students. Some graduate programs, such as MBA programs, may also waive testing requirements for students with a certain amount of relevant work experience.
Also see: Advice for low test takers
Summary of Top Scholarships for Nontraditional Students
- Google SVA Scholarship
- Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship
- American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students
- Ford Opportunity Program
- Get Educated Online College Scholarship
- Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship
- Eligibility: Mothers over the age of 35 either accepted to or a attending technical, community, or four-year college/university
- Amount: $1,000