Deciding to go to college as a non-traditional student can be intimidating for some, but there are advantages to pursuing your education later in life! East Ohio College brings you our top 5 benefits of being a non-traditional student attending college, so keep reading to see how furthering your education as an adult might be a good fit for you!
What Is A Non-Traditional Student?
A non-traditional student is defined as someone who chooses to attend college or higher education as an adult rather than beginning immediately after graduating from high school. Non-traditional students may have past education experience, families, and job history that they can use to their advantage as they decide to further their education.
The life experiences that non-traditional students bring to their education allow them to have a unique perspective that we value and encourage at East Ohio College. So, if you’re a non-traditional student contemplating returning to school, read on to learn some of the benefits you bring to the educational experience.
1. You have developed critical soft skills
Non-traditional students have often been in the workforce or managing their homes for years and, as a result, have developed a unique perspective and skill set that can apply to their college experience. Soft skills such as communication, leadership, problem-solving, and more are typically learned outside the classroom yet are fundamental to a student’s success during school and beyond. Possessing these skills going into the education experience can help non-traditional students be successful.
2. You know the value of education
As a non-traditional student going to college, you have made the conscious decision to further your academic experience. Because of this, you know the value of your education and the impact it will have on your life and family. This can provide you with more motivation to achieve your educational goals and see the bigger picture of your life after graduation.
3. You’re goal-oriented
As a non-traditional student attending school later in life, you have given yourself time to gain life experience and determine what kind of career you picture yourself in. By having a solid understanding of what you want your future to look like, you can set clear goals and follow through with them.
4. You may be eligible for financial assistance
Numerous scholarships, grants*, and financial assistance programs are available for non-traditional students who want to attend college. For example, East Ohio College offers eligible candidates grant programs they can apply for to help make college affordable—additionally, outside scholarships, grants, and loans are available for non-traditional students. The financial aid team at East Ohio College will help guide you through the process of determining eligibility and finding financial assistance programs to help finance your education.
5. You can work and go to school
Because non-traditional students have experience juggling multiple aspects of their lives, they can return to college without putting their life on hold. The ability to balance family, work, and education is an integral part of the academic experience at East Ohio College, and we strive to help you manage your education and personal life, often while continuing to work.
Can you see yourself furthering your education?
Are you a non-traditional student who dreams of attending college and expanding your career opportunities? If so, East Ohio College could be a great place for you!
*For those who qualify. See catalog for detailed eligibility requirements.