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Traditional Student Perks for Nontraditional Students

College like to promote their perks — particularly to the young, just-out-of-high-school set. Free shirts! Free food! Discounts at restaurants and on services with student IDs! Free or discounted tickets to college athletic events! It all sounds pretty sweet, but it's just for full-time, traditional students, right? 

Not so much. 

At most schools, at least those with a physical location, many of the perks available to students are for ANY student enrolled. That means whether you take classes at more traditional times, at night or online, you have access to many of the perks available to college students. 

A lot of the perks come down to having a student ID. Talk to your advisor or the Student Affairs office at your school to figure out how to get your student ID card, as the process will vary slightly depending on your school. 

Nontraditional students with an ID have access to many of the same perks and privileges as their traditional counterparts. Those include: 

  • Access to the campus gym and workout facilities (sometimes with the ability to bring a guest)
  • Ability to attend campus sporting events for free or with a discount
  • Access to campus library resources, including printing and the ability to reserve study rooms
  • A position on the Student Government Association for nontraditional students

Other, general perks and programs you can take advantage of include: 

  • Student discounts on Microsoft Office
  • The Amazon Prime Student program
  • Discounts on newspaper subscriptions like the New York Times
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Private job networks that are often available through the Career Services Center at your school
  • Discounts on a variety of products and services including insurance, phone plans and travel

Whether you're returning to college after a break, or coming for the first time a little later in life, it can seem like college is mostly for the younger crowd. However, it's important to know that there are great opportunities on and around campus for all students, even if they're not immediately apparent. Be sure to ask your advisor, instructors and Student Affairs office what is available to you. 

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How to Pay for College

Find Success as a Nontraditional Student

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Money, Higher Education

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