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Collage of outstretched hand and graduation cap with dollar sign. Help available for low-income students

Explore educational resources and financial aid options for low-income students, including scholarships, state aid, online education and more.

person on graduation stage speaking to a large crowd Accessing higher education as an adult

To celebrate National Higher Education Day, we talked with one of our education experts out how adult students can better access higher ed.

VISP Summer cohort posing for a group photo. VISP Voices

VISP Voices

Mar 26 2024

The Visiting International Student Program (VISP) gives international students a chance to study for one or two terms outside of a formal exchange program.

Start the year by cleaning up your digital footprint

Learn some tips from our experts on how to assess and revive your online presence for professional purposes.

Quiz yourself on lifelong learning

It’s the season for reflecting on our accomplishments, setting new goals and celebrating how we’ve grown over the last year. Challenge your memory and review…

Support for college students facing basic needs insecurity

Learn about realities and resources for college students facing basic needs insecurity, and how colleges and universities can offer help.

Higher education possible for undocumented students

Attending college in the U.S. as an adult student who is undocumented or a DACA recipient is complicated but not impossible. Here are some things to consider.

Finding your groove in college as an adult student

Returning to school as an adult student can be challenging. An educational counselor shares tips to help you through the process.

What adult learners should consider about online degrees

Online programs are expanding access for groups who’ve been left out of university spaces. See what adult learners should consider about online degrees.

Celebrating and supporting student parents in higher ed

September is National Student Parent Month. Read about how higher education institutions can support student parents, and let’s celebrate these students’ success!

Students’ motivations and goals vary

Two returning adult students share why they decided to return to their education – and how they’re using their new-found knowledge.

Use LinkedIn for a successful job search

Read a step-by-step breakdown from one of our educational counselors on how to use LinkedIn to land your next job.

Returning adult students gather to celebrate perseverance in their educational journeys

Read about our annual Outstanding Adult Student Reception, an event where UW–Madison returning adult students gather to celebrate their accomplishments.

Badger Ready students and staff celebrate 5th anniversary

Happy anniversary to the Badger Ready program, celebrating five years of increasing access to the university and welcoming returning adult students.

Employers benefit from continuing ed for employees

Get valuable tips from one of our adult student advisors on how continuing ed benefits employers and how they can implement continuing ed for employees at work.

Returning adult students overcome obstacles to earn awards – and degrees

Two 2023 graduates receive the Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student Award recognizing exceptional determination and perseverance.

There’s no age limit for financial aid

A student services coordinator shares four myths about financial aid for returning adult students — and what you should know instead.

Use this exercise to ID and leverage your transferrable skills

Get advice from one of our UW-Madison educational counselors on how to leverage your transferable skills with this useful exercise.

What continuing education can do for you

Curious about what continuing education can do for you? Read this column by one of our expert educational counselors that appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Returning adult students add value to classrooms

UW–Madison returning adult student Todd Johnson and Assistant Professor Nidia Bañuelos reflect on the many benefits returning students bring to their classes, instructors and community.

How much do you know about lifelong learning?

Test your knowledge of lifelong learning with our 2022 quiz on topics we covered in our Wisconsin State Journal column this year.

Return to college has life-changing impact

After struggling in college and being academically dismissed, Tyler Johnston returned to finish his degree at UW–Madison with personal determination and tailored campus support.

Visiting International Student Program celebrates 10 years of global connection

In recognition of its 10-year anniversary, VISP hosted a four-day celebration with program alumni, faculty and staff in activities ranging from a Badger football game to a dinner reception.

College for people currently or formerly incarcerated

UW-Madison Odyssey Beyond Bars director talks with our educational counselor Ace Hilliard about opportunities for students who are currently or were formerly incarcerated.