For adults who have been out of school for awhile, the prospect of returning to college can be daunting. There are various resources in Louisville that can help, and programs at local institutions that cater to adults and returning students.

How Do I Re-Enter?



Transfer credits. 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.


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.