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Mature students in a post-secondary class

Have you been away from school for a year or more? Have you taken some post-secondary courses and are now looking to continue, or change your program? Do you work full-time in a job, or as a care giver for your family? Have you recently received your adult high school diploma or GED?

If any of these descriptions apply, then you would be considered a mature student, adult learner, non-traditional student, or not-direct-from high school student.

If you have been out of school for a bit, whether it has been 1 year or 10, the decision to enroll in college or university is a big one.

Finding the right fit

With a growing number of non-traditional students enrolling, most institutions are doing more to accommodate your unique needs:

  • On-campus child care
  • Flexible programming with part-time and online courses to adapt around your work schedule
  • Spring and summer courses to help spread out the academic workload. Search MySpring&SummerCourses to explore your options.

If you attended college or university previously and didn’t complete your degree, you may be able to transfer your credits to another program or institution. Some schools will accept them from 10 years ago. Search MyTransferCredits to see how your previous credits might transfer to a new school or program.

Review the Nova Scotia university and college profiles to find the right fit for you.

Find out if you qualify for financial assistance or a grant.

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