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Adult learners come to USI from many different cultures and backgrounds, each with their own sets of experiences and personal responsibilities. Maybe they're parents, business owners, retirees, or come from any other walk of life.

There are always exceptions, but an adult learner will likely identify with at least one of the following situations:

  • 25 years or older
  • Most likely already working in industry
  • Returning to school after 2+ years away
  • Has dependents

There are many forms of financial assistance at your reach, including financial aid, employer reimbursement, scholarships, and grants.

For instance, the state of Indiana offers an Adult Student Grant, aimed at helping residents age 25 years and older pursue higher education.

You might even consider working for USI; employees, their spouses, and their children are often eligible for tuition waivers.

Prior learning assessment (PLA) is a student-centered and faculty driven process for awarding college-level credit for demonstrated acquired knowledge. The University follows PLA best practices established by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), and PLA is administered internally through the Provost Office in collaboration with Faculty Senate and the Registrar’s Office. At USI, undergraduate PLA credit takes many forms, including:

  • nationally recognized standardized examinations (e.g., AP, CLEP, IB, Cambridge International, etc.)
  • evaluation of military service transcripts (JST, CCAF, etc.)
  • institutionally/departmentally developed challenge exams
  • documentation of professional certification/licensure through passing national exam
  • portfolio review of certain forms of licensure and professional credentials/work experience

Additional information and eligibility requirements can be located on the Registrar's Office website

Were you a previous undergraduate USI student who has not been enrolled for more than two years and your academic record was unsatisfactory?  If so, you may be eligible for the USI Fresh Start Program. Don't let a previous unsuccessful attempt at an undergraduate USI program prevent you from returning to complete your degree!