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4 Grant and Scholarship Opportunities for Your Adult Learners

4 Grant and Scholarship Opportunities for Your Adult Learners

As an adult educator, you’ve most likely heard about your learners’ struggles to pay for their continued education. When your learners come to you with the inevitable question of where to find grants and scholarships, suggest some of the sources below to aid them in their searches.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

When to apply: Each school sets its own deadlines for campus-based funds. You can find a school’s deadline on its website or by asking someone in its financial aid office.

Award:  Between $100 and $4,000 a year, depending on financial need


After filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form, be sure to check with your school to see if it participates in the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program, which is administered directly by each school’s financial aid office. The FSEOG program awards more aid to students who have the most financial need.

Imagine America Foundation

When to apply: Rolling

Award: $1,000 tuition grant


The Adult Skills Education Program (ASEP) is a national aid program established in 2009 by the Imagine America Foundation that offers a one-time grant—provided through the Imagine America Foundation—to qualified adult students planning to attend a participating career college. Nontraditional students choosing to pursue a career education may receive a $1,000 tuition grant to attend an Imagine America–participating ASEP school of their choice through the adult college grants.

Return2College Scholarship Program

When to apply: Rolling deadline; January 31, April 30, Spetember 31, annually

Award: $1,000


The Return2College scholarship program is open to high school seniors aged 17 to adult learners who are currently in college or starting within 12 months. There is no maximum age limit.

Association for Nontraditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE) Scholarships

When to apply: Varies

Award: Varies


ANTSHE seeks to promote leadership and campus involvement, academic and personal success, and community engagement by offering scholarships to its student members. Candidates will have contributed to the enrichment of their college and/or local community and demonstrate their continued contribution to their college and community. An active ANTSHE membership is required for the scholarship applicants.

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