Adult Learners
Welcome to the MTC web page for and about adult learners. MTC offers many programs and services to help adults achieve their personal, professional and educational goals. Many adults attend college to retool skills, earn prerequisites for another level of study, pursue a conventional degree or earn professional credentials. College offers many possibilities for career paths and employment options which can make the hard work, doubt and frustrations and even sacrifices worth it all on the road to a better future. MTC offers a wide array of services to meet the needs of adult learners.
Typically, if you meet any of the following requirements, you may be considered an adult learner:

  • Going to college after four or more years since high school
  • 24 years of age or older
  • Hold multiple life roles (parent or caregiver, spouse, employee, etc)
  • Returning to college after an extended break since attending college
  • Veteran or Reservist of the Armed Forces
Regardless of your age, occupation, or life roles, Midlands Technical College faculty and staff understand there are many obligations and responsibilities in life that may affect your decision to return to or begin college. On this page, you will find helpful information on programs and services, important contacts, useful links, and other information to help you succeed.
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Resources at MTC
  • Admissions information, requirements and assistance
  • Educational Opportunity Center helps qualified individuals complete college admissions and financial aid applications (FAFSA)
  • Student Support Services provides academic advisement and counseling, career/financial aid counseling, help completing the FAFSA, and transfer assistance to eligible MTC students.
  • CAREERS helps students in career specific programs through workshops, job shadowing, mentoring, financial assistance with books or childcare, as well as additional services to eligible participants.
 
Financial Resources for College

Although there are lots of differences between adults returning to college and traditional students, as far as financial aid is concerned, the steps are pretty much the same.

Whether it's your first time applying for financial aid and you need to know how to get started, or it's just one more thing on your to-do list, we're here to help you find your way! Believe it or not, getting money for college is not as confusing or complicated as you might think.

The financial aid process is a little bit different for each student, but there are a few things that hold true for just about everyone. First, apply even if you think you won't qualify. There are many variables involved in determining eligibility and there's just no way to know for sure if you don't try. Second, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines eligibility for Federal Student Aid programs as well as eligibility for many private grants, state aid and scholarship programs. Filing the FAFSA is essential even if you don't think you will qualify for federal aid.

Please see details on "How to Apply" by clicking the Student Financial Services link below.

Featured Professional

Hear from MTC graduates. Some are seasoned professionals while others are on the front end of their careers. They come from all walks of life and their stories vary dramatically. Some of their career paths are straightforward and some scale numerous hurdles to reach the desired goal. They discuss their occupations and give valuable advice to students who might aspire to enter and succeed in their professions.

MTC Featured Professions

Credit by Examination Resources
  • Receive college credit for current knowledge through CLEP exams
  • Earn college credit for knowledge acquired outside of the traditional classroom by taking DSST Exams
  • Other ways to earn Advanced Standing at MTC
Academic and Student Support
Career Resources and Planning Student Success Strategies for the Adult Student
Useful Links Additional Resources
If you are an adult student and are aware of information or services that should be included on this web page, please contact the page administrator.