Here are all the links from The Adult Student’s Guide to Survival and Success, 7th Edition, plus, some new and updated links. Please note — AdultStudent.com does not take any responsibility for the information presented on any of the outside sites we link to. The links are provided as a courtesy to our visitors.
Adult Student Resources
- About.com Adult / Continuing Education — A human-guided forum with links, articles, blog and forum on several subjects relating to adult students and continuing education.
- AdultStudent.com — Companion site The Adult Student’s Guide to Survival & Success. (This site.)
- Alpha Sigma Lambda — an honor society for non-traditional students with over 300 active chapters.
- Back2College.com — Site has a lot of information for adult students.
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP) — The authorized site for information on testing to gain college credit for acquired life and job experience. Administered through the College Board.
- CollegeTransition.org — “The National College Transition Network helps nontraditional learners, such as veterans, dislocated workers, and under and unemployed adults for college and careers.” Good for students and educators alike. Grants available for students in New England.
- #ContinuingEd, #AdultEducation, #ContinuingEducation — Twitter hashtags
- Federal Student Aid for Adult Students (PDF) — A four page document for nontraditional students, brought to you by the Federal Student Aid section of the US Education Department.
- Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE) — ANTSHE mission is to “to provide scholarship opportunities, academic resources, and motivational support for non-traditional students, and to celebrate, and to build on the network of faculty, administrators, and advisors that work with and inspire non-traditional students to succeed.” View information about the ANTSHE honor societies — Pinnacle (4 year programs) and Spire (2 year programs).
- “Nontraditional College Students” (HTML version) — A scholarly research paper pertaining to needs, research, and implications on colleges of enrolling adult students. Courtesy of the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) archives. Go to page with the original PDF version on the eric.ed.gov website.
- Non-Traditional Students — Courtesy Elizabeth “BetsyAnne” Sheppard, a former non-traditional student, created to help other nontraditional students. See her blog, too.
- Online Educational Database — Check the Advice section, especially.
- Prior Learning Assessment information — from the National College Transition Network, an organization aimed at educators, but with some useful information for students.
- “Returning to Learning: Resources for Students” — provided by the American Council on Education.
- Why Returning to College After Age 30 (Age 40, 50, Etc.) Might Be Just The Right Choice For You — by Rachel G. Baldino, MSW, LCSW for SixWise.com
General College Resources
- US Department of Education — Portal to free Financial Aid information and financial aid application forms.
- Common Application Online — The recommended college application form for undergraduate programs at over 650 colleges and universities. (Note: You can get some information by viewing their help pages for more information before actually signing up for an account.)
- Ed.gov Institution Search — search for federally accredited colleges and universities.
- US Department of Education Federal Student Aid Sites:
- “About Financial Aid” — Brought to you by the people at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. A great resource.
- College Ahead — Brought to you by Sallie Mae, the large financial aid lender, and aimed mostly at “traditional” students, but clicking on their site map brings up many interesting topics to browse. (NOTE: Used to be known as College Answer.com)
- CollegeScholarships.com — free scholarship listing site.
- EStudentLoan.com — private loan comparison site. Check out their
- FastWeb.com — A FREE scholarship/college matching service. Recently rolled into the Monster.com group of companies. Highly recommended.
- FinAid.org — “The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid” has some great resources. Sponsored by Monster.com
- GetCollegeFunds.org — Courtesy of the Oregon State Student Assistance Commission. Useful info for any student.
- LIFETIME (Low-Income Families’ Empowerment Through Education) — “From GEDs to PhDs”: Not very active lately Twitter: #LT_g2p / Facebook / Blog
- Lumina Foundation for Education— From website: “the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing Americans’ success in higher education.” Through grants and more, they attempt to help particularly underserved student groups, including adult learners.
- Paying for College — Scholarships, Financial Aid — Brought to you by the non-profit College Board.
- Prosper.com — An online person-to-person loan bidding site. You enter your need and a market interest rate request based on your credit score and wait/hope for someone to lend you the money. Payments are made by automatic withdrawal.
- “Strategies for Non-Traditional Students” — Article by Laura Difiora. A good source of information from the Back2College.com website.
- Student Aid Glossary — Courtesy Ed.gov.
- Federal TRIO Programs — Sponsored by the Federal Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), the TRIO programs supply financial grants and other assistance for low-income college students.
- USA.gov Education (formerly known as The Consumer Information Center) — Always changing. You can get lost once inside USA.gov!
- Women Helping Women — Based in Orange County, California, WHW is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the unemployed and the underemployed the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job.
Alternative contact information for most of these resources is available on our Help for those with Learning or Physical Disabilities page.
Basic Job Resources / Career Search
Miscellaneous / Family Support / Study Skills
- Archive.org — An amazing resource of millions of copyright-free books, movies, software, photos, music, websites, and more. A true goldmine of public domain information.
- Cnet.com — Good source of technology information.
- Guide to Grammar and Writing — From Capital Community College Foundation
- Internet Public Library — No longer being updated, but is still available for searching on many topics.
- Library of Congress — Great place to look up original and primary sources.
- National Archives — Provided by the US Government. Another great place for primary research.
- National news magazines — You should be able to access protected content for free through your college’s library system.
- US Census Bureau — More population facts available here than you could ever use.
- Wayback Machine — Part of the Internet Archive project, an invaluable service for accessing historical websites. Great for finding that lost reference! Also fun to view any one particular website over the years.
- Wikipedia — While most colleges will (and should) NOT accept Wikipedia references as sources for your essays or papers, it can be a good resource from which to START your work. Scroll down to the bottom of each entry to find some of the primary sources you are seeking.
- Wired.com — Another good source of technology information.
- YourDictionary.com — Simple, uncluttered online dictionary, thesaurus, quote finder, and much more.
Provided as a courtesy to adult students who, like all students, usually have little money to spare!
- Clark Howard — Radio and TV talk-show host who’s slogan is “How to Save More, Spend Less, and Avoid Getting Ripped Off.” He does not do paid endorsements of any product, and he funds a staff to take off air consumer advocate questions. Search on his site for “college loans” to get started. Clark is our hero.
- Consumer.gov — Federal site, part of the USA.gov group of public information sites. Check here for recalls.
- Consumer Product Safety Council
— “CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction.” — though currently, thier website isn’t loading.
- Federal Trade Commission — US government site for overseeing unfair business practices.
- Recalls.gov — Federal site, “Your Online Resource for Recalls.”
Search Engines and Directories
A random list of search engines beyond Google! Review our own internet searching help tips