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Adult Learners

Adult Learners

Thank you for considering Penn State Schuylkill as a college choice. 

We value the experience-based knowledge and enthusiasm for learning that adult students bring to our campus. We look forward to working with you through the admissions process and helping you take the first steps toward earning a Penn State degree! 

Are you an Adult Student?

If you meet one or more of the following criteria, then you are considered an adult student at Penn State:

  • 24 years of age or older
  • Assuming multiple adult roles such as parent, spouse/partner, employee, and student
  • Veteran of the armed services
  • Active duty service member 
  • Returning to school after four or more years of employment, homemaking, or other activity

Understanding Financial Aid

All students must file a FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA) in order to be considered for grants and scholarships. This application is completed online at (Penn State's school code is 003329)

Pennsylvania residents may also be considered for the PA State Grant by applying at

If you need assistance completing your applications, just ask! We're here to help! Contact our Office of Financial Aid for assistance.

Adults may also apply for the 24+ Scholarship if they are a first-time college student.


Are you ready to take the next step?

To get started...

Schedule an appointment with our adult admission counselor where you'll learn about:

  • majors
  • financial aid
  • the campus

You will also have the opportunity to complete a FREE application to Penn State Schuylkill during your visit.