Senior Citizens can go to College for Free or at a Discount in all 50 States.

   


    Extending your education well into your senior years is not only fun, it can also give you something to engage in outside of your home.  Continued learning has proven to be beneficial to your health.   Keeping sharp and putting your brain to greater use on a regular basis has shown to decrease risk for alzheimer's and dementia.    All states have at least some type of program benefiting senior citizens who would like to go back to school,  either for an actual degree or just single classes to further interests, or simply to improve quality of life.  Click HERE for a more in depth list of virtually EVERY college in EVERY state with links to their homepage as well as additional resources directly regarding senior citizens. 



1. ALABAMA

Two year colleges are entirely free for seniors in the state of Alabama.  

Here is a list of all colleges in the state of Alabama. 


Alabama Financial Aid policy


2. ALASKA

Tuition information for the University of Alaska in regards to senior citizens.  If you receive full social security benefits then the University of Alaska will waive college tuition for you.  

All other colleges in the State of Alaska 


3. ARIZONA

Several Colleges in Arizona give discounts to senior citizens.  

Maricopa Community Colleges encourages the pursuit of education as a lifelong endeavor. Students ages 65 and older who are residents of Maricopa County can take advantage of a tuition discount for credit classes at all 10 Maricopa Community Colleges campuses.


4. ARKANSAS

6-60-204. Waiver of general student fee charges for senior citizens. When any person sixty (60) years of age or older is admitted and enrolls as a student in any state-supported institution of higher learning in this state, the board of trustees of the institution or other appropriate institutional officials shall waive all the general student fee charges for each student on a space-available basis in existing classes. Fees will be waived only for courses organized to grant credit and recognized by the Department of Higher Education for credit.

Here is an extensive list of colleges in Arkansas where you can find Senior Discounts.  


5. CALIFORNIA

Hart Senior Center has many resources for Seniors, located in California.  

California State University Waives all tuition for students 60 and older.   More Resources for Seniors in the state of California can be found HERE.  


6. COLORADO


Colorado State University-https://registrar.colostate.edu/lifelong-learners/                     Registrar's Office (970) 491-7148

* If you are 62 years or older you may attend the university on a space available basis at no cost.  You are required to fill out the Senior Citizens Class Visitation Request that can be found at the aforementioned link.


For information on other colleges and universities in Colorado in regards to Senior Citizens.  Click Here


7. CONNECTICUT

The University of Connecticut  (UCONN)  Senior Citizens Page. 

"3. Senior Citizen (62 or older -part-time) -A full waiver of the Extension fee (summer and winter sessions) is authorized for any Connecticut resident sixty-two years or older providing that at the end of the regular registration period there is space available in the course(s) in which they intend to enroll"

Comprehensive list of colleges in connecticut offering waivers. 


8. DELAWARE


"The Boards of Trustees of the University of DelawareDelaware State University, and Delaware Technical and Community College are hereby authorized and directed to establish, by not later than the fall quarter of 1986, a program whereby citizens of this State who are 60 years of age or older, and who are formal degree candidates, may attend classes for credit or audit without payment of application, course registration or other related fees"

Delaware University

More Colleges in Delaware




9. FLORIDA

 "A state university may waive any or all application, tuition, and related fees for persons 60 years of age or older who are residents of this state and who attend classes for credit. No academic credit shall be awarded for attendance in classes for which fees are waived under this subsection.

Florida State University Senior Program

more Senior Citizens college info for the state of Florida. 


10. GEORGIA

“The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia shall be authorized to establish programs allowing attendance at units of the University System of Georgia without payment of tuition or other fees, but the General Assembly may provide by law for the establishment of any such program for the benefit of elderly citizens of the state . “

Dalton State Senior Citizen application


University of Georgia 62 or older.


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information for the state of Georgia. 


11. HAWAII


     "Some colleges throughout Hawaii offer senior citizens the opportunity to attend college free of charge on a non-credit bases through various programs.  In most cases permanent records are not kept and if credit is desired then tuition must be paid depending on the University."

University of Hawaii at Manoa 

More Senior Citizens Tuition Information for Hawaii. 

12. IDAHO

"Idaho resident Senior Citizens who do not wish to earn credit are authorized to audit classes on a space-available basis at no cost except for special course fees, if any."   - Boise State Website 

Boise State Senior citizen information

More Senior Citizens Tuition Information for other colleges in Idaho


13. ILLINOIS


 "Each public institution of higher education shall permit senior citizens accepted for admission to enroll without the payment of tuition in regularly scheduled credit courses, other than credit courses designed specifically for senior citizens, provided that available classroom space exists and tuition paying students enrolled constitute the minimum number required for the course."


Chicago State University - http://www.csu.edu/

Contact Info :773.995.2304  Senior Program


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information for Illinois Seniors. 


14. INDIANA


"Under the Senior Scholars program announced Monday, residents at least 60 years of age can enroll in college credit courses tuition-free at all Community Colleges of Indiana, Ivy Tech State College and Vincennes University campuses"        -November 2000 Chicago Tribune

Indiana State Senior Citizen application

More Senior Citizens Tuition Information For Indiana Seniors


15.  IOWA


If you are a senior citizen and reside in the 
state of Iowa there are a few colleges that offer some educational opportunities

Osher lifelong learning institute at Iowa State

More Senior Citizens Tuition Information In Regards to Senior Citizens in Iowa


16.  KANSAS

In accordance with the Kansas Board of Regents policy, students who are at least 60 years of age and a resident of Kansas may audit (no-credit) regular lecture or certain group activity courses – when there is space available and for which they meet the prerequisites – without payment of tuition and student fees.

Wichita State University  Senior Citizens Program

More Senior Citizens Tuition Information for Kansas



17. KENTUCKY

"(1) When any person sixty-five (65) years of age or older, who is a resident of the Commonwealth, is admitted and enrolls as a student in any state-supported institution of higher learning in this Commonwealth, the board of trustees of the institution or other appropriate institution officials shall waive all tuition charges and fees for such student, except as provided in subsection (2) of this section.


(2) In the event that classes are full or the granting of free admission requires additional units, the institution may deny admission under this section."

University of Kentucky Donovan Program for Seniors.

More Senior Citizens Tuition Information pertaining to Kentucky Residents over 65. 


18. LOUISIANA

"Any person age fifty-five years or over who registers for one or more courses of instruction at a public college or university in this state and who is a resident of this state shall be exempt from the payment of tuition and other registration fees and shall receive a fifty percent reduction in the cost of textbooks, reference books, manuals, and other aids to instruction which are required by any course in which such student is enrolled when purchased from a public college or university operated bookstore."

Grambling State University offering Free Tuition for seniors limited to 3 credit hours per semester. 


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information


19. MAINE


"For the purpose of administering this waiver, “senior citizens” are defined as Maine residents who are, or will become, 65 years of age during the semester for which they are requesting the waiver.
The Board of Trustees authorizes the waiver of tuition for senior citizens who register for undergraduate courses on a credit basis at any unit of the University of Maine System.  Applicants must establish financial need."

University of Maine at Augusta Senior Waiver  information. 

More Senior Citizens Tuition Information


20.  MARYLAND


It is the policy of the University of Maryland System to
extend special privileges, where practicable, to senior citizens
who are residents of the State of Maryland. The term "senior
citizen" includes any individual who is sixty years of age or
older, who is retired and whose chief income is derived from
retirement benefits,and who is not employed full time.
Privileges to be extended to such individuals shall include,
subject to certain conditions, waiver of tuition for
undergraduate and graduate courses, use of the libraries, and
such other privileges as individual institutions shall determine."

University of Baltimore Senior Citizens Waiver form. 


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information for the state of Maryland


21. MASSACHUSETTS


University of Massachusetts Boston Senior Tuition Info. 


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for applicants over the age of 50. 

More Senior Citizens Tuition Information


22.  MICHIGAN


"MICHIGAN. There is no mandated tuition waiver for Michigan seniors, but some schools offer one. Western Michigan University's Senior Citizens Opportunity Program in Education grants residents 62 and older tuition-free enrollment in one class per semester (not for credit)"


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information for Seniors in the State of Michigan.     


23.  MINNESOTA


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information  for senior citizen prospective students in the state of Minnesota. 


24.  MISSOURI


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information for lifelong learners in the state of Missouri. 


25.  MONTANA


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information  for seniors going back to college. 


26.  NEBRASKA


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information  for senior age individuals who would like to go to college in NEBRASKA. 


27.  NEVADA


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information for residents of Nevada. 


28.  NEW HAMPSHIRE


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information for colleges in NEW Hampshire.  


29.  NEW JERSEY


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information for NEW JERSEY.  


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30.  NEW MEXICO


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information for all colleges in NEW MEXICO. 


31.  NEW YORK


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information for NEW YORK.


32.  NORTH CAROLINA


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information for those interested in going back to college in North Carolina. 


33. NORTH DAKOTA


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information for North Dakota. 


34. OHIO


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information for the state of Ohio. 


35. OKLAHOMA


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information  for Oklahoma. 


36. OREGON


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information for colleges located in Oregon. 


37. PENNSYLVANIA


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information for qualifying adults in Pennsylvania. 


38. RHODE ISLAND



More Senior Citizens Tuition Information  for Rhode Island. 



39. SOUTH CAROLINA


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information for S.C.  


40.  SOUTH DAKOTA


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information  for seniors living in South Dakota. 


41. TENNESSEE


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information for students residing in TN. 


42. TEXAS


More Senior Citizens Tuition Info for the state of TEXAS. 


43. UTAH


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information for Utah. 


44. VERMONT


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information  for VERMONT. 


45. VIRGINIA


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information  Virgina. 


46.  WASHINGTON


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information  for the state of Washington. 


47.  WEST VIRGINIA


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information  for West Virginian's


48.  WISCONSIN


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information in Wisconsin. 


49.  WYOMING


More Senior Citizens Tuition Information in Wyoming. 


50. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

"Audit Undergraduate Courses at Georgetown

People over 65 years of age in the Washington, D.C., area now have a daytime opportunity to continue their lifelong pursuit of learning."

Georgetown Senior Citizens Information  



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