I just did a quick search on Answers.com and discovered that the average age of a college freshman is around 30 years of age. That means for every student under 30, including recent high school graduates, there is another student over 30. With a growing population and a struggling economy, that’s not so hard to believe.
The decision to enroll in college is not an easy one. It is even more difficult if you have lost your job and you don’t have an extra $10,000 sitting in the bank to pay for it. If you are over 30 there are very few, if any, traditional scholarship opportunities available. Should you find one, you’d be competing against recent high school graduates for the academic scholarships. And don’t even kid yourself about the athletic scholarships.
I believe your best options are the free no essay scholarships. If you are unfamiliar, these scholarships are available online and are free to apply for. They are awarded monthly for as much as $10,000. So if you don’t win this month, or you missed the deadline, go back and register next month or any month after. There are few, if any, restrictions on how you can spend the money. You just need to be willing to receive information from the sponsor schools.
You can find scholarship opportunities specifically for moms, dads, working adults and more. They are simple to apply for and no essay is required. If fact, the only requirement is that you need to be attending, or planning to attend, college. Most have an easy one page application for your personal contact information and chosen field of study.
While some scholarships have a fee to apply, these no essay scholarships are always free. And keep in mind, no legitimate scholarship will require you to pay money in order to receive money. Beware of the scams. The added stress of going back to school and trying to find the money to pay for it can cloud your judgment. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. It’s better to pass on a valid offer than become a victim.
Adults are starting, or returning to college in greater numbers than ever before. In years past, adults usually attended college only for career advancement or continuing education. And their employer probably paid the tuition. Now, however they are more than likely starting over in a new career after losing their jobs to financial cutbacks or the company simply went out of business.
I feel every adult attending college, for whatever reason, needs to take advantage of as many no essay scholarship opportunities as they can find.