Resources for Non-traditional Students

This post was published on Dream Row’s website on October 31, 2012. It was written as a freelancer.

Rescources for Non-traditional Students

by Nicole LaChance

As an adult, going to college can be very difficult. Non-traditional students, as they are often called, tend to be placed with the burden of supporting themselves or their family. This can often make school more financially and emotionally stressful than for those attending right out of high school. To help ease the load, here are links to five resources that may be able to help.


If you are even considering going back to school the most important thing to do is fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA as it is commonly called. This is the application for government grants and lower-interest government loans. Almost every student attending college fills it out and aid is limited, so the earlier you fill it out the better. Going back to school as an adult can be financially stressful and the extra help the government provides can help ease the burden.

Cost Comparison Worksheet

Making sense of the different options for college and their impact on your wallet can be difficult. To help, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offers a Cost Comparison Worksheet to examine and compare the various costs associated with attending college. The worksheet in currently undergoing maintenance and updates but will be back soon.

Childcare Centers and Grants

One of the bigger obstacles many non-traditional students face is what to do with their children while they are at school. Daycare is expensive and costs add up as your number of children increase. Fortunately many schools offer low-cost daycare centers for students. Some students may even be eligible for a childcare grant through their state.  While these grants are typically given directly to universities to expand childcare services, some are given directly to students. Look here  for a guide to these programs.

Textbook Comparison

Textbooks are expensive. It is a fact. The more advanced you are in school the more expensive they tend to be. While it takes a little time, many students shop around the internet and school classifieds for the best deal. Juggling a job, kids and school and do not have that time? Luckily sites like Bookfinder have made the process easier. Simply type in the book you are looking for, and it will search various websites to try and locate the best price, saving you time and money.

Non-Traditional Student Site

Sometimes getting advice from someone who has been there is the best encouragement and support for going back to school. The Non-Traditional Student Site offers many resources for those looking to go back to school and those who are already students. Among the sites features are a blog, links to scholarships and articles and suggestions for study skills. For those who have no support system, this site can be a good substitute.


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