Non-traditional students who are considering going back to school have many things to consider. One of the main factors that may keep them from pursuing further education is other financial responsibilities and the financial burden that going back to school can create. There are many financial aid options available for college students. In fact, because you are returning to school as a “non-traditional” student, there may be additional scholarships available to you to help with the cost of your schooling. If you qualify for enough scholarships you may even be able to get all of your schooling paid for. Scholarships vary in amount and criteria. It is always best to apply for several scholarships so that you will be assured of receiving at least one.
Some of the scholarships that are available for nontraditional students include scholarships for women, United States citizens, individuals who attend “winning scholarships” or “financing higher education” workshops, scholarships focused towards a specific field of study, scholarships offered to individuals wishing to pursue a B.A. at an accredited college or university, and the list goes on and on.
There is so much diversity in the types of scholarships available that with some research and time you should be able to find one or more scholarships that would apply to you. Invest some time and effort into applying for scholarships. Most scholarship applications will require an essay describing why you are seeking a company or organization’s scholarship. Spend some time to plan and organize your essay to provide the best possible application and essay that you can.