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You have been out of college for a while now and realize it is time to complete what you started. Whether your motivation is desire for a better job, need to build your skills portfolio, or a personal quest, the prospect of returning to college can be daunting. Or maybe you intended to seek a college education but “life happened” and you had to delay your pursuits – until now. Here are a few links to help you think the process through and succeed in your efforts.

How Do I Re-enter?

If you are seeking to find ways to bring together your career and education goals, the U.S. Department of Labor has a helpful site, CareerOneStop, where you can get a wealth of information.
Your entry point to college is the admissions office. The links below will take you to admissions websites for the major college and universities in the Greater Louisville Area:

If you are considering other colleges in the Greater Louisville area, it is important to know how the coursework from a school might or might not transfer to and from other colleges. This is based primarily on accreditation. Here are some frequently asked questions about the ins and outs of accreditation.

Is online learning for me? This is a helpful article made up of students’ comments after they had taken online courses. The comments are responses to the question “What do you wish you had known before taking a college credit course online?

Credit for Prior Learning

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) helps you receive college credit for what you already know, for a fraction of the cost of a college course.  Developed by the College Board, CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program, available at more than 2,900 colleges and universities. The CLEP is accepted by the following colleges and universities in the Greater Louisville area:

  • Bellarmine University
  • Indiana University Southeast
  • Ivy Tech Community College
  • Jefferson Community and Technical College
  • Spalding University
  • Sullivan University
  • University of Louisville

Information about other sources of getting credit for prior learning may be available at the college you are considering. For additional information regarding colleges and universities in the Greater Louisville area, visit these websites or check with the academic services office at your campus..

Paying for College

The FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the first step in the financial aid process.  You use it to apply for federal student financial aid, such as grants, loans and work-study.  In addition, most states and schools use information from the FAFSA to award non-federal aid.
CareerOneStop has an easy-to-navigate Scholarship Search database of more than 5,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans and other financial aid opportunities.
The KentuckianaWorks College Access Center (KCAC) is your resource for helping you plan and pay for college. KCAC is open to the community and its services are free.  College counselors offer one-on-one guidance to help make getting into college as simple as possible.