Grants and Scholarships for Adults Back To School

Last Updated on January 25, 2024 by Lori Pace

There are many scholarships or grants available for adults and older students. Therefore, if you want to go back to school because something disrupted your college education or want to get a better education, help is available.

There are many assistance services available to support adults who need money for college. Today, we’ll look at a couple of the best shows.

Scholarships and Grants for Adults or Older Students

Federal Pell Grant

I know firsthand that returning to school as an adult can be challenging, both academically and financially. If you don’t have a bachelor’s or advanced degree, one option worth exploring is the Federal Pell Grant. As someone who benefited from this grant, I can attest to its importance. It’s a financial lifeline funded by the Federal Student Aid division of the United States Department of Education.

For more information, don’t hesitate to call the Federal Student Aid offices at 1-800-433-3243 or visit their website, where you’ll find details and resources that can help you through the application process.


Low-income undergraduate students may be eligible for FSEOG Program grants, which are available at any program’s 3,800 participating postsecondary institutions. This program focuses on students with the most apparent financial needs. Still, anyone can apply by filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. You may fill out the form on the FAFSA division of the US Department of Education’s website.

Adult Skills Education Grant

The Imagine America Foundation’s Adult Skills Education Program (ASEP) is a financial aid program. A wide range approves the program of tertiary institutions worldwide. Still, if you want to qualify for the grant, you must enroll at a participating college. Students may apply for the ASEP program online, but please visit Imagine America’s website or call them at 571-267-3010 for more details and eligibility criteria.


The UNCF (United Negro College Fund) has been a beacon of hope for countless individuals like me seeking higher education. They offer a multitude of scholarship opportunities across 1,100 schools and 37 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) throughout the country. UNCF’s commitment to empowering students is evident in the specificity of their programs, internships, and development opportunities.

To tap into these resources, I would recommend giving them a call at 800-331-2244 or visiting their website. The folks there can provide you with invaluable insights and guidance on their scholarship services.

Osher Reentry Scholarship Program

The Osher Foundation’s Scholars and Fellows Program, operating across more than 250 tertiary education institutions, is a lifeline for individuals like myself who’ve been away from the classroom for years. They understand that returning to education isn’t always a straight path. If you’re someone who hasn’t been in school for at least five years, they have a Reentry Program designed just for you. Furthermore, if you’re located in California or Maine, the Osher Foundation’s Scholarship Program has your higher education needs covered.

For the nitty-gritty details, reach out to the Bernard Osher Foundation at 415-861-5587 or browse their website, which is a treasure trove of information on eligibility criteria and the application process.

ANTSHE Scholarship Program

Students enrolled full-time (or planning to do so) in a 4-year undergraduate program at an ANTSHE-approved tertiary institution can apply. You might be eligible for the Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education scholarship program. Contact Dr. R. Lee Viar II at or call the office at 301-992-2901 to learn more about the various scholarship programs offered by ANTSHE.

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) holds a special place in my academic journey. Their reach extends far beyond the borders of the United States, supporting women pursuing higher education worldwide. With six distinct program divisions, they cater to various needs – be it grants for American women, career advancement, community action, international fellowships, global projects, or professional development.

To dig deeper into what AAUW can offer you, don’t hesitate to contact their Washington office at 202-785-7700, send a friendly email to, or explore their website, which holds a wealth of resources waiting to guide you.

Adults Belong In College Scholarship

The Adults Belong In College (ABC) Scholarship Program holds a special place in my heart, as I too embarked on the journey of education as an adult. This program, specifically tailored for those admitted to Murray State University, offers a comprehensive support system. Whether you’re in need of pre-admission guidance, adult student orientation, the camaraderie of adult student groups, or financial aid options, the ABC Program has you covered.

To get in touch with the dedicated Adult Student Liaison, Alison Marshall, reach out at or dial 270-809-5796. For more extensive information about the program, explore their website, which serves as a valuable resource for prospective students.


In closing, I want to emphasize that there is a myriad of support services available to individuals like myself who aspire to complete or further their education as adults. The journey may seem daunting, but with the right resources and guidance, it’s entirely achievable. So, take that step, and know that support is just a click or a phone call away. Your educational dreams are within reach.

Lori Pace
Lori Pace

Lori Pace is a single mother of three daughters ages 7 and under. As a working mom from home, she balances kids, work and two crazy dogs with humor and love. Follow Lori as she honestly gives tips and advice based on her own experiences as a single mom!