Many of us remember our school days fondly- whether for time in the classroom, or football games and band concerts- these events brought us together with our fellow students. Instead of easing into a life of lunchtime strolls, knitting, fishing and napping, more seniors are taking advantage of the time they have during their golden years to take free classes for and earn degrees in subjects that they love or have interest in. This active lifestyle can help to maintain mental health, acuity, and even financial stability.
Did you know that a number of colleges and universities allow seniors to audit classes at no charge, and others offer pretty significant tuition discounts for classes taken for credit? More than 20 U.S. states have mandated tuition waivers and/or discounts for older adults at public colleges and universities. Some Ivy League schools offer opportunities, too.
Best part? No homework or testing means no stress but allows plenty of opportunity for social and cultural enrichment. Wellness and fitness classes can help invigorate your body and sense of self. Learn new skills, develop hidden artistic talent and broaden your horizons through travel and special events.
So how do you find these classes? In some cases, you'll have to meet age, residency, and income restrictions. But with a little research, you just might find yourself back in the classroom again. Here are some great places to look for free and low cost continuing education options: