Funding for Adult Learners/Non-Traditional Students


  • Binghamton University External Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards (Very useful site)
  • AAIA Displaced Homemaker Scholarship - The Association on American Indian Affairs' Displace Homemaker Scholarships. Deadline for application is July 20. 
  • AFCEA Scholarship for Working Professionals - Scholarship is for an undergraduate degree while employed in the science and technology disciplines directly related to the mission of AFCEA. Candidates must be a t least second-year students attending school on a part-time basis, and having a declared major in a science or technology degree program. 
  • Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society - Awarded to any student at an institution that has an institution that has an Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter and who meets specified criteria. Nine $1700 scholarships nationally to non-traditional students. Binghamton University's chapter is Beta Upsilon Alpha.
  • Charles R. Ford Scholarship - One (1) scholarship awarded annually, to an active member of the Jaycees who is a U.S. citizen and wishes to return to a college or university to complete his or her formal education.
  • Kazimour Scholarship - Applicant must be a member of ANTSHE (Association of Nontraditional Students in Higher Education. Provides money for 2- or 4-year and grad school.
  • The Non-Traditional Student Scholarship - For a returning student after formal schooling was interrupted or a student who has had at least one year of college and is in need of financial assistance to pursue an undergraduate degree. Applicants must be a member of the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, or Sons of the American Legion. 
  • Royal Neighbors of America, Nontraditional Scholarships - Provides educational support to members who don't fall into the college-age range.
  • The Wal-Mart Higher REACH Scholarships - For non-traditional students employed by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. for at least one year as of February 1. 
  • Project Working Mom & Dad, Too! Scholarship - Each month, a $4,000 scholarship to use towards college education. Use the money to pay for tuition and fees, books, supplies-whatever you need, any place you choose. Visit this web site to apply for your share of $2 million in scholarships for working parents.
  •, an online education resource that connects learners with online education, and which created the Project Working Mom campaign, also created an interactive, in-depth Web site to help learners tackle their questions and fears about returning to school.  The site is designed to empower working parents and offers: advice on going back to school; self-assessment quizzes on numerous, subjects including how to determine what subjects to study; an online support community; numerous articles; and, a database with $15 billion in financial aid opportunities.
  • R.T.N. Scholarship for Continuing Education - Available to single parent women who would like to go to school or continue with their education, but have been denied sufficient resources. 
  • Society of Women Engineers Reentry Scholarships - To assist women in obtaining the credentials necessary to reenter the workforce as engineers. Restricted to women who have been out of the engineering workforce as well as out of school for a minimum of two years prior to reentry. 
  • Career Advancement Scholarship - The BPW Foundation award is for disadvantaged women to further their education, and advance in their career, or re-enter the workforce.
  • Jeannete Rankin Foundation - For low-income women (over the age of 35) who have a vision of how their education will benefit themselves, their families and their communities. 
  • Linda Lael Miller Scholarships - For women aged 25 years or older, non-traditional students who have a difficult time finding scholarships for which they qualify. 
  • Talbot's Women's Scholarship Fund - Applicants must seek an undergraduate degree from an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or vocational-technical school.  Awards are based on financial need and previous achievements for women who earned a high school diploma or GED at least 10 years ago.
  • WANDA BARTLE/BARNES & NOBLE BOOK AWARDS: The University Women and Campus Bookstore has awards for textbooks. One award is for spring '11 and another for fall '12. Selection is by the University Women's Club of Binghamton University. Applicants must be female undergraduates with a minimum 3.0 Binghamton University GPA with proof of financial aid and be involved in community service and/or planning a profession helping others. Contact Beth Kilmarx, or Kelly Pueschel
  • Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation for Low-Income Women and Children
  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program
  • Leading the Future II Scholarship
  • Ragins/Braswell National Scholarship
  • Dr. Angela Grand Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Russ Griffith Memorial Scholarship (formerly Returning Student Scholarship)
  • Sodexo's Internship Fund offers talented undergraduates financial support while completing unpaid summer internships. A maximum of 10 students per year receive a stipend of $5,000 each to defray lost incomes resulting from unpaid internships. Preference is for current Sodexo student employees and students who may not have an unpaid internship due to financial constraints. See CDC's website.

Federal Financial Aid

  • Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) Programs - Financial support and guidance to adults in a variety of transitional situations. To be eligible candidates must meet educational and financial requirements. 
  • Nontraditional undergrad students can apply to be an Ambassador for the Center for Civic Engagement and focus on outreach to nontraditional students population. Ambassadors will table, make presentations, help organize CCE events etc. Must have completed one year of study at Binghamton. Watch for the application at the end of each term.
  • FastWeb - A free customized list of financial aid sources, such as private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans from more than 3,000 sources.  First-time visitors must register (first and last name and a user ID), and provide background and fields of study. Registrants then receive a list of all currently relevant funding sources. The process can be tedious, up to 15 minutes. But registration information is stored and can be used later, and 500 new scholarships are added daily.
  • Career Development Grants - For women with a bachelor's degree preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the work force.  Consideration is given to AAUW members, women of color, and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.
  • EFWA (Accounting) Women in Transition (WIT) Scholarship - Applicants are primarily homemakers, or they do not posses a college degree.  Applicants should be incoming or current freshman, or those returning to school with a freshman status. 
  • EFWA (Accounting) Women in Need (WIN) scholarships - Eligible applicants are farther along in the degree process than Women In Transition applicants, such as incoming or current juniors, or those returning to school with sufficient credits to qualify for junior status.   
  • P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education - Provides grants up to $1,500 for educational expenses, (e.g., tuition, books, transportation, childcare) to women whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to resume studies due to changing demands in their lives. 
  • Soroptimist's Women's Opportunity Awards - For women entering or re-entering the workforce in obtaining the education and skills needed to improve their employment status. Applicants can attend a vocational/skills training program, or an undergraduate degree program.
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Last Updated: 6/17/14