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Adult Learners

Starting at less than $200 per credit hour, getting a degree at Georgia Southern is less expensive than you think.

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Office of Adult and Online Learning

Armstrong Campus
Solms Hall Room 212
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419

Statesboro Campus
Continuing & Professional Education Center
Building 301
10449 Hwy 301 South
Statesboro, GA 30458

Going back to school as an adult?

Are you worried about the balance between work, family and life in general? Has the idea of going to college at a later age got you thinking that college costs too much and it’s just too much trouble?

Don’t worry! You’ve come to the right place to advance your career and experience the fulfillment of accomplishing your lifelong learning goals. Georgia Southern has you covered with accelerated and online degree programs, degree completion programs and credit for prior learning options. Plus, with affordable tuition and multiple financial aid opportunities such as scholarships and grants, Georgia Southern is the place to be for adult learners.

At Georgia Southern there are many working professionals and lifelong learners just like you, so you’re never alone in your journey. We’ll walk you through every step of the way and provide you with the support services you need to achieve your goals. Whether it’s online classes or face-to-face courses, as an adult learner you’ve found a home at Georgia Southern.

Ready to take the next step?

Apply Today, Start Anytime

We get it. Keeping up in college while working can be tough. Georgia Southern has multiple start times that can ensure you stay on track.

With our eight-week minimesters, offered during fall, spring and summer semesters, you can add more opportunities and choices to your college experience. Choose from a variety of courses, mainly offered in an online format, to stay on course. With six start times each year*, it is easy to get started on your degree!

*Start times may or may not be available for your selected major. Check with your admissions counselor to learn about specific degree start times.

Our Best Online Degree Programs for Working Adults

Whether you learn on campus or online, we believe in learning by doing – a mix of practical theory plus real-world experience. You’ll have an opportunity to be engaged when enrolled in Georgia Southern’s programs and improve people’s lives. You’ll study in an environment of support and collaboration. You’ll be noticed, heard, and will have the opportunity to make an impact on the world around you.

Scholarships and Grants for Adults Going Back to School

Scholarships for Adult Learners

Many adult learners feel left out of the scholarship equation. However, there are many scholarships and grants dedicated to helping the non-traditional student achieve his or her educational goals.

Non-traditional scholarship opportunities will give both new, and returning, students an idea of what is available to those college-bound students who fit a different mold.

Grants for Adults Going Back to School

If you’re going back to school as an adult, you should first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The U.S. federal government and schools need to review your FAFSA to give you access to federal grants, loans and work-study programs. There are no age restrictions on federal aid — an adult learner completes the same FAFSA as a high school senior. Even if you don’t qualify for grants, you should still fill out the FAFSA to access federal and state-funded student loans. These loans typically have lower interest rates and more generous repayment terms than private student loans, helping you save money.

Grants you could use to go back to school as an adult.

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Public Safety Memorial Grant (law enforcement)
  • Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH)
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants (IASG)

Not sure if you are ready to start back? Try FreeCore.

FreeCore courses are supported by USG eCampus and are delivered in an open online course format. They are tuition-free, and there is no hidden cost. FreeCore classes are non-credit courses. Students can earn a Certificate of Completion for achieving at least 75% on the Post-Test quiz.

Adult and Online Learning is now a part of the Institute for Innovative and Integrated Studies.

Have Questions? Contact Us.

Contact the Office of Adult and Online Learning for more help at 912-478-5732 or

New Undergraduate Students
and Former & Returning Students

Division of Continuing and Professional Education

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