Adult Student Checklist | Federal Student Aid

If you’ve never been to college, or started but never finished, this checklist is for you.

Need to improve your skills or knowledge? Find a new career path? Try the suggestions below.

Adult Student Checklist

 To Do:

  •  Look into getting a General Educational Development (GED) certificate if you don’t have a high school diploma; try searching online for “GED certificate” and your state’s name.
  • Research careers and the need for various jobs in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Or, for an interactive tool, try the U.S. Department of Labor’s career search.
  • Use College Navigator to find the right school for your career intentions. Get tips on choosing a school.
  •  Ask employers to recommend schools that provide training in the skills you will need for the career you choose.
  • Ask your employer if assistance is available to help you pay for school.
  • Use the U.S. Department of Labor’s scholarship search to find scholarships.
  • Apply for federal student aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).
  • Get to know the financial aid staff at the school you plan to attend; they can help you with aid applications and explain the types of aid available.


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