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Scholarships For Mature Students

By Chloe Lane

Updated September 5, 2021 Updated September 5, 2021

Students starting their undergraduate degree over the age of 21, or those starting a postgraduate degree over the age of 25 are usually classed as mature students.

Mature students have usually had a period out of full-time education and may be looking to change their career path or get back into studying.

Below is a list of scholarships available to mature students. It’s worth noting, however, that mature students are also eligible for most regular scholarships. You can view the full list of scholarships to study abroad here.

Study in the UK

UK

  • Women Careers FoundationBritish women over the age of 21 who are in financial need and want to further their education at any UK university can apply for this scholarship. Younger applicants are considered if taking courses in music and dance.
  • Royal Holloway’s Access Entry Mature Students BursaryFull time undergraduate students over the age of 21 with a household income of less than £25,000 (approx. US$33,570) can apply for this scholarship of £1,000 (approx. US$1,340) per year. Students must be enrolled on an undergraduate course at Royal Holloway, University of London.
  • Yorkshire Ladies Council for EducationWomen over the age of 21 from Leeds and Yorkshire who have a place on an undergraduate course at a British university and are unable to finance it themselves can apply for this scholarship.

Study in the US

US

  • Ford ReStart Program Scholarship – A needs-based scholarship covering 90 percent of college costs. Applicants must be residents of Oregon or Siskiyou County, California, aged 25 years or older, and no more than halfway through their degree program. Applicants must plan to enroll in their state of residence.
  • Working Parent College Scholarship Award A scholarship to help working parents currently enrolled in higher education. It’s available to full or part-time students who attend an accredited U.S. post-secondary educational institution with a current cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and is a residential parent of at least one minor child.
  • Jeannette Rankin Scholarship – Low-income women, aged 35 and above and studying an undergraduate course in an accredited US higher education institution can apply for this scholarship. Scholarships are renewable for up to 5 years and are distributed directly to the recipient.
  • Boundless Opportunity Scholarship -- The scholarship is available at select two- and four-year colleges and universities in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming and is designed to benefit non-traditional students. Applicants must be US citizens who are at least 24 years old.

Study in Canada

Canada

Study in Australia

Australia

  • Jessie Cooper Study Grants for Mature Entry Women Offered by Flinders University, this grant provides financial assistance for mature age women facing financial or personal circumstances which are preventing them from finishing their degrees. Applicants must be in the last year of their undergraduate degree at Flinders University and be able to demonstrate that their financial and personal circumstances will inhibit completion of their degree.

Study in New Zealand

New Zealand

  • Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust Tressa Thomas Retraining AwardAuckland University of Technology is offering this NZ$2,000 (approx. US$1,416) award to mature women, aged 25 and above, to undertake study in order to return to a profession or to take up work (paid or unpaid) in the community.
  • The GWNZ Susan Byrne Memorial Award – This NZ$10,000 (approx. US$7080) award aims to help mature female graduates make a change in their career. Students must be at least 35 years old to apply and must be enrolled for post-graduate or research at an approved university in New Zealand or oversees. Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.
  • The Mildred Keir Award – A NZ$3,000 (approx. US$2124) scholarship to help women over 27 years old study in order to enter the workplace. 

Study anywhere in the world

Anywhere in the world

  • Adult Students in Scholastic Transition – Executive Women International (EWI) are offering 13 scholarships ranging from US$2,000 to US$10,000. These are available to adult students at transitional points in their life. Applicants may be single parents, individuals just entering the workforce, or displaced homemakers and must be studying full-time at undergraduate level. 

This article was originally published in December 2020 . It was last updated in September 2021

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As Content Editor for TopUniversities.com and TopMBA.com, Chloe creates and publishes a wide range of articles for universities and business schools across the world. Chloe has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Reading and grew up in Leicestershire, UK. 

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