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Deb Peterson

Can Senior (Citizens) Get Financial Aid?

By February 16, 2011

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Gwen Pricer, a self-proclaimed senior citizen, wrote that she would like to go back to school in order to converse intelligently with her son who is headed for law school. She knows he will be surrounded by friends and a future family who are likely to be highly educated. She wasn't able to continue her own education past her first year in high school, and she needs financial aid.

Gwen, I have good news for you. You can go back to school no matter how old you are, and kudos to you for having the desire!

The place to start is earning your GED. What is a GED? We've got all kinds of info for you:

So the answer to your question is yes, yes, yes! When you contact your state GED office, ask about financial aid. Each state has different resources. I would also check with your local literacy council. There are literacy councils in many cities and their services are most often free.

And you don't have to stop there, Gwen. Once you earn your GED, you can apply for federal financial aid and go to college. Distance learning makes it possible, with an Internet connection, to attend college in your living room.

Good luck, Gwen. I'd love to hear how everything works out for you!

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