It is a common misconception that financial aid is not available for adults returning to college or entering college for the first time. Financial assistance is available in many forms ranging from government aid to industry-specific aid.
The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a form required to apply for student aid. Forms are available at college or university financial aid offices or online at www.fafsa.gov.
Additionally, it is never too late to save for your college education, and the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan is a flexible savings program that allows adults to save for their own undergraduate or graduate education. The program offers tax advantages, including a $2,500 state income tax deduction, and a low start-up investment of $25 or $15 per pay period through payroll deduction.
To find out how much tuition and fees are going to be at the institution you would like to attend, visit the Admissions and Campus Services page, then find your institution and click the Tuition and Fees link under that institution. You can also visit the Financial Aid Planning section of OKcollegestart.org.
Check out the following links find what kinds of aid are available, how to apply, how to contact campus financial aid offices and more.
Online Financial Aid Resources for Adult Students
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have provided links to several financial aid websites and hope they are helpful. However, the State Regents cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy or content of these pages or guarantee full access to them. Before starting a scholarship search, we suggest you read the U.S. Department of Education and Federal Trade Commission information on scholarship scams in an effort to protect yourself from being victimized.
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The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting
Society of Women Engineers – Reentry Scholarships for Women (scroll down to scholarship search and select "Re-entry/Non-traditional" from the Class menu)
Active Calendar Scholarship
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
FormSwift $1,000 Scholarship Contest
GM Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP)/Body Service
Walmart Associate Scholarships
Xerox Internships and Scholarships
Accounting Software Scholarship by Corcentric
American Geological Institute Minority Participation Program
American Psychological Association
Distinctive Window Treatment Plus Design Your Future Scholarship Contest
National Federation of Paralegal Associations/West Scholarship
Financial Aid Information/Searches
College Board Online
College Scholarships, Colleges and Online Degrees
College Tool Kit
Education Exception to Additional Tax on Early IRA Distributions
Federal Student Aid
Free-4U Scholarship Search
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Scholarships and Grants
Tax Benefits for Education
Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarships
Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarships
Navy/Marines Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarships
Bureau of Indian Education Student Scholarship and Internship Opportunities
Center for Reintegration
Development Fund For Black Students In Science And Technology
Financial Aid for Female Students
Financial Aid for Minority Students
Financial Aid for Native American Students
Hispanic College Fund
La Unidad Latina
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Scholarships
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
National Association of Black Journalists
Society of Women Engineers Scholarships
Thurgood Marshall College Fund (must attend an HBCU)
United Negro College Fund
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students
Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation
Bankrate.com Listing of 17 "Bizarre" Scholarships
The State Regents offer many programs and services to help you return to college or begin your college education. For more information, review the information provided on this site, email email@example.com or call 800.858.1840 (225-9239 in Oklahoma City).