Taking Courses as a Senior Citizen
It's never too late to start taking college courses. Take a look at how our Senior Scholars Program and Senior Citizen Fee Remission Program enables senior citizens to take classes below.
Senior Scholars Program
Senior citizens may audit open courses on the Purdue Fort Wayne campus at no cost through the Senior Scholars Program. As a Senior Scholar, you can take up to 9 credit hours a semester. Keep in mind that instructor permission is required prior to course registration and no letter grade is awarded at the end of a semester. Certain courses may be exempt from this program as designated by the relevant school or department, studio art courses are excluded from this program but may be completed under the Senior Citizen Fee Remission Program, outlined below. Lab and material fees still apply.
You'll be able to register for courses starting Monday of the second week of the semester, but you can attend classes during the first week of of the semester with instructor permission.
Senior Citizen Fee Remission Program
Senior citizens can receive a fee waiver that covers half of their tuition, excluding fees. This waiver covers up to 9 credit hours and a letter grade is awarded at the end of the semester. Instructor permission is required prior to course registration, which opens one week prior to the start of the semester.
To qualify for the Senior Scholars Program or the Senior Citizen Free Remission Program, you must meet all the following criteria:
- Be a legal resident of Indiana
- Be age 60 or older
- Be retired, cannot be employed full-time
- Be a high school graduate or have your GED
If you're ready to start getting admitted into this program or have any questions, please contact Amanda Seilheimer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 260-481-0404.