As an adult learner, not only are you eligible for many of the same scholarships, loans, and grants as traditional students, but special resources and services are also available just for you.
While adult learners are automatically considered for Penn State Behrend’s academic and need-based scholarships, many outside organizations award scholarships specifically to adult learners. We recommend checking with your (or your spouse’s) employer, local civic groups, or church for scholarship opportunities. Several employer-based scholarships are also offered offered through many local companies.
Individuals who are serving on active duty, reservists, veterans, and their dependents may be eligible for veterans educational benefits.
If childcare costs are a concern, talk to the Financial Aid office to see if your aid package will allow for a refund that can be used for personal expenses such as childcare.
Many employers offer full or partial tuition reimbursement to their employees pursuing a college education.
Changes in Income
Many adult learners leave their current jobs voluntarily to attend school full time. Others may surprisingly find themselves unemployed and consider returning to school to upgrade their skills or change careers. If you have experienced a sudden loss of income, it is important to talk with a financial aid counselor about your situation. Your financial aid eligibility can be reviewed based on your current situation and not the prior year’s income.
Consult your accountant/tax preparer on the guidelines for these programs. Penn State issues students a 1098T each year to include with tax documents. Please visit our bursar's website for more information.