Many institutes provide education opportunities for senior citizens. We are living a longer and healthier life than ever before. So what can one do after retirement to keep their mind sharp or gain additional skills to stay competitive at work?
For many, the solution is to return to school. But tuition could be prohibitively costly.
At the same time, colleges need their classrooms to be filled with engaged students, regardless of age. In the interest of continuing education, many universities and colleges offer reduced or free school tuition to senior citizens (generally, adults 60 and up, with rules subject to change).
Actually, we have at least one option in every state!
Free (or Affordable) School for Senior Citizens in Every State
While some institutions just allow senior students to attend classes, many provide the opportunity to earn credits for a degree at a completely waived or reduced tuition cost.
The University of Alaska offers tuition for senior-citizens who obtain full social security benefits. Seniors must wait till the first day of classes to register to make sure that there is space remaining; they must complete a tuition-waiver form.
Additional costs like gym, student activity, and laboratory fees aren’t covered; the student needs to pay them directly.
Arkansas provides tuition for anyone 60 and over who wishes to work toward an undergraduate or graduate level at state colleges.
Student fees may apply, and adults over 60 may only register for classes with seats available.
California State University does not charge any tuition and radically reduces campus fees for taxpayers for residents age 60 or older.
Alabama seniors can take any two-year institution classes within the state tuition-free.
Adults 60 and older must contact the financial help office at any community college for admission and eligibility details.
Resident age 55 and older may attend class at Colorado State University on a space-available basis. There is free tuition, but visitors don’t get a reward for attending class.
At the University Of Colorado Denver, adults aged 60 and over may enroll on a no-credit foundation to attend at most two classes per semester as auditors when the seat is available.
Classes with a lab component are excluded, along with computer courses.
Adults 62 and up may attend state colleges, including community colleges, for free on a space-available basis.
At Central Connecticut State University, by way of instance, tuition is waived for any resident over age 62 who applies for full- or part-time admission for a degree program.
Adults over 60 may also attend non-credit courses on a space-available basis and have free tuition. All students need to pay for all other fees.
The Delaware State University, University of Delaware, and Delaware Technical and Community College all allow state residents age 60 or above to audit or take courses for credit at no cost.
In the University of Delaware, learners wanting to use the curriculum must apply for admission on a space-available basis. Some degrees may also be eligible.
Candidates must pay all related student fees and buy their own textbooks.
All 10 Campuses of Maricopa Community College permit senior citizens to take classes for credit at 50% of the entire tuition price.
Adults age 65 and older must register between the first and second class sessions of the semester to ensure space is available.
The Florida Faculty system waives application, tuition and student fees for those age 60 and over, but schools will award no credit and will grant admission on a space-available basis.
Fun Reality: Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society has the biggest adult continuing education program in the United States. It also has its own auditorium on campus to help attend FAU’s 27,000 new registrants each year.
The Senior Citizen Visitor Program at the University of Hawaii and state community schools enables senior citizens to attend classes at no charge.
Colleges will not award credit, nor will they maintain records of student’s class history.
11. District of Columbia
Adults age 65 and above may audit undergraduate courses from Georgetown University’s College of Continuing Studies. These seniors pay a fee of $50 per class.
Programs in Idaho vary based on institutions, but some schools offer good deals. The College of Southern Idaho provides a Gold Card for students age 60 years and older, which lets them take non-credit courses tuition-free.
At Boise State University, Idaho residents that are at least 65 years old can audit classes on a space-available basis free of cost except for applicable individual course fees.
After Admission, any senior age 65 and above who fulfill income requirements may attend regular credit classes in Illinois public institutions at no cost. Lab, student activity, health, sporting event, and other fees still apply.
Purdue University and Indiana University each provide programs that allow retired citizens age 60 and also to take up to nine credit hours each semester and pay only 50 percent of in-state tuition prices.
Georgia residents age 62 and over can take classes on a space-available basis at no cost at the state’s public colleges.
Seniors may choose to take courses for credit or continuing education, but they need to apply through the standard admissions process at their school of choice.
Private Institution Simpson College at Indianola allows people 65 and older to choose one non-credit class at no cost per semester. The course doesn’t include lab courses and is available on a space-available basis.
Kansas residents 60 and older can audit classes at state institutions on a space-available basis without paying tuition.
The registration procedure varies: The University of Kansas and Wichita State University, by way of instance, both need senior auditors to apply for admission.
Seniors age 55 and up attending Louisiana state schools get free tuition and 50 percent off books and materials in the campus student bookstore.
Seniors 65 and up may participate in undergraduate courses as audit or degree-seeking students in the University of Maine System at no cost, subject to space availability.
Tuition and prices are waived for students age 65 and older taking courses on a space-available basis. Residents have to be admitted to a state-supported school to take advantage of this discount.
Any student at the University of Maryland System who is retired and over age 60 may have tuition reserved, also for degree-granting programs.
Residents age 60 or older can take three or more credits per semester at any state-supported college in Massachusetts and get free tuition.
Minnesota reserves tuition for senior citizens 62 and older, but prices may vary by college. In the University of Minnesota, seniors pay a $10 fee per credit but can audit at no cost.
There’s no statewide benefit in Mississippi, but some institutions have programs for senior citizens.
Mississippi State University offers a reservation to citizens age 60 or older for courses allowed on the Starkville or Meridian schools or from the Center for Distance Education. Senior citizens are limited to six semester hours per semester and a maximum of 18 credit hours per the calendar year, where the seat is available.
University Of Mississippi’s Office of Professional Development and Lifelong Learning permit seniors 65 and older to take one class per semester in any UM campus.
Openings for seniors in Michigan differ by institution.
At Michigan Tech, by way of instance, students 60 and older can have tuition reserved for up to two classes per semester. Adults over age 60 must apply through the admissions office.
Western Michigan University invites senior citizens 62 and older to enroll for one class per semester tuition-free.
At Wayne State University in Detroit, adults 60 and up to get a 75% discount on tuition, but have to pay registration and related fees.
Missouri seniors age 65 and older are exempt from paying tuition in state-supported associations for courses attended on a non-credit basis. College may limit the number of students who receive tuition benefits based on space availability.
The Montana University System provides a tuition waiver for in-state residents 65 years of age or older. Registration fees and campus aren’t waived.
The University Of Nevada, Las Vegas, permits seniors 62 and up to take spring and autumn courses at no charge. They pay 50% of tuition for summer courses. Lab and other program fees are not covered.
29. New Hampshire
The University Of New Hampshire allows citizens 65 and older free education for two credit-based classes per academic year on a seat-available basis, so long as they’re not registered in a degree program.
Several Nebraska colleges provide reservations to seniors. Chadron College allows adults 65 and above to audit one course per semester at no cost.
At Mid-Plains Community College, adults 62 and older who are in-state or residents of boundary states Colorado, Kansas, South Dakota, and Wyoming pay only $33 per credit hour.