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Grants and Scholarships for Adults Back To School

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Whether you’re considering going back to school due to the fact that your college education got interrupted, or you’re simply aiming at achieving a higher education, there are a lot of assistance programs out there that aid adults who are in need of funds for college. Today we’ll highlight a few of the best programs.

Federal Pell Grant

If you don’t have a bachelor’s or professional degree, you might be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, which is a grant offered by the Federal Student Aid as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s financial aid division. For more information on this program, call the Federal Student Aid offices on 1-800-433-3243 or visit their website for detailed information.


Low-income undergraduate students may be eligible for grants offered by the FSEOG Program, which can be used at any one of the 3,800 postsecondary institutions that participate in the program. Students with the most obvious financial needs are who this program focuses on, but you can apply by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. You can complete the form on the FAFSA division of the U.S. Department of Education’s website

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Adult Skills Education Grant

The Adult Skills Education Program (ASEP) is an assistance program run by the Imagine America Foundation. The program is accepted by a wide variety of tertiary institutions throughout the country, but you have to enroll at a participating college if you want to apply for the grant. Potential students can apply for the ASEP program online, but for detailed information and eligibility requirements, please visit Imagine America’s website, or give them a call on 571-267-3010.


The UNCF runs an array of scholarship programs that are run at 1,100 schools and 37 HBCUs across the country. Their programs, internships, and development opportunities all have unique eligibility requirements as well as application needs that need to be met before a grant may be awarded. By applying for a UNCF scholarship, you will have to apply for financial aid, such as Federal Student Aid. For detailed information on their scholarship programs, call the office on 800-331-2244 or visit their website.

Osher Reentry Scholarship Program

More than 250 tertiary education institutions participate in the Osher Foundation’s Scholars and Fellows Program. The foundation offers a Reentry Program aimed at undergraduate students who haven’t been studying for the last 5 years or more, but they also have a Scholarship Program in California and Maine, which covers all higher education needs. For eligibility requirements and application information, contact the Bernard Osher Foundation on 415-861-5587 or visit their website.

ANTSHE Scholarship Program

Students that are currently enrolled full-time (or plan to do so) at an ANTSHE accredited tertiary institution in a 4-year undergraduate program, may be eligible for the Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education scholarship program. To find out more about the different scholarship programs on offer by ANTSHE, contact Dr. R. Lee Viar II by sending an email to president@antsheboardofdirectors.org or calling the office on 301-992-2901.


The American Association of University Women is one of the best-recognized funding sources for women attending universities and colleges, not only in the U.S but across the world as well. They have offer 6 unique program divisions, which include grants for American women, grants aimed at women looking to develop their careers, grants for community action, fellowships for international students, grants for international projects, and fellowships for selected professional women. For more specific information, you may call the Washington office on 202-785-7700, send an email to connect@aauw.org or visit their website for more details.

Adults Belong In College Scholarship

The ABC Program is aimed towards helping adult citizen admitted to Murray State. Prospective students may get assistance in the form of pre-admission advice, orientation for adult students, adult student organizations, and part-time or full-time scholarships. For detailed program information, get in touch with Adult Student Liaison, Alison Marshall, by sending her an email at amarshall@murraystate.edu or calling the office on 270-809-5796. You can also visit the website for more information.

As you can see, there are a lot of assistance programs out there that aim to provide prospective adult students with the help they need to complete or advance their education.

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