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Adult Learner/Non-Traditional Students

Welcome to the CSS Web page for Adult Learner/Non-Traditional Students at Monmouth University! Whether you are considering the idea of taking a class, just visiting our site, or you are already an adult learner who is interested in exploring ways of obtaining college credits, the available links may be of help in your search for information.

What Is an Adult Learner?

Adult Learners

Adult Learner (a-dult´ learn´er) n. 1) twenty-four years of age or older; or 2) returning to school full or part-time after five or more years; or 3) a veteran of the armed forces; or 4) a person who balances multiple responsibilities, such as a parent, spouse/partner, employee, homemaker, or student. Synonyms: non-traditional student, returning student, adult student, or re-entry student.

The Decision Is Yours

For adult learners, it’s never too late to succeed. You can re-adjust to the learning environment. However, adult learners must ask themselves: What is my motivation for returning to school? Is it career advancement? Do I need to update my current job skills? I’ve always wanted to earn my degree, but “priorities” were the obstacle—is now the best time? These questions are important to answer because an adult learner must make a long-term commitment to his or her degree program.

In addition to time, the cost of your classes is an important consideration. How you plan to finance your education will also impact your decision. For example, will you receive tuition reimbursement from your employer? If so, what grade will you need to “pass” a course? Will the grade you receive affect your reimbursement? Unexpected concerns about grades could add stress to your daily work situation if you feel under pressure about passing a course.

Lastly, have you discussed your educational plans with your immediate or extended family? Adult learners often must rely on the support of their families to successfully manage the new demands of coursework and time. This may require family members to take on additional responsibilities of their own. Communicating with family members about these adjustments is vital to reducing potential stress or conflict for you and for them.

Choosing to pursue your educational goals is important because you are choosing to fulfill your dreams. In the process, your experience will fundamentally change your life as well as the lives of those around you. When the time is right, pursue your dreams with confidence and expect the best. Ultimately, the decision is yours. Good luck!

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