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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.

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…

Busy mom, military member pursues Badger dream with online degree

Kristy Jorgensen’s dream of earning a college degree at the University of Wisconsin–Madison formed early on in her childhood. After overcoming challenges, she’s making that…

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.

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.

You can learn a language online — here’s how!

Study a language online with UW–Madison Continuing Studies language programs. We promise it will be exactly the same as in-person learning, only completely different.

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.

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.

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.

Returning students can get specialized advice

Learn about the role of an educational counselor and how they can help you find the best academic fit for your goals and circumstances.

Choosing your major based on career goals

Hear from a UW–Madison Continuing Studies educational counselor about tips on choosing your major when you go back to school as a returning adult student.

Help is available for students with disabilities

Returning to college as an adult can be challenging, particularly if you have a disability. Student services staff offer a few tips for finding resources and accommodations to support your academic journey.

Networking key to successful job search

Read our career and education counselor talk about tips on how to make networking a part of your routine and a key part of your job search.