Here are some helpful resources to help you on your path to college graduation as an Adult . We’ve compiled a list of our favorite videos, books, forums, and other resources.


Adult Students: A Painless Guide to Going Back to College by Gen Tanabe and Kelly Tanabe: This book discusses the challenges adult learners face when considering a return to education. It offers guidance on researching and applying for educational programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and certificate courses. The guide covers application procedures, financial aid, interviews, on-campus support, and distance learning options. It emphasizes the importance of highlighting life and job experiences in applications and provides real admissions essays as examples.

501 Ways for Adult Students to Pay for College: Going Back to School Without Going Broke by Gen Tanabe and Kelly Tanabe: This a guide for adults seeking ways to finance their education while balancing work, family, and financial responsibilities. It highlights various options, such as scholarships, employer support, financial aid for online learning, and tax benefits. The passage also shares inspirational anecdotes from adult learners who found creative ways to fund their education.

Fiske Guide to Colleges 2024 by Edward Fiske:

The Fiske Guide to Colleges is a highly recommended college guidebook for high school students and parents. Written by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, this comprehensive guide provides information on over 320 four-year colleges and universities. It offers insights and quotes from real students, going beyond what college websites typically provide.

This annually updated guide offers an honest and detailed look at various colleges in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Ireland. It includes a self-quiz to help readers understand their college preferences, highlights strong programs and popular majors at each institution, and provides indexes for easy reference by state, price, and average debt.

College Admission Essentials: A Step-by-Step Guide to Showing Colleges Who You Are and What Matters to You by Ethan Sawyer: This book offers strategic insights and expert guidance to help students stand out in college admissions. It provides tips and techniques to craft a compelling application that reflects one’s values and achievements. The key questions are: What matters most to you, and how does it manifest in your life? The book includes advice from admission experts, interactive exercises, access to online resources, and tailored guidance for various student groups, such as veterans, LGBTQ+ students, and more. It empowers students to take control of the admissions process and make a meaningful impact on their chosen colleges and the world.

Featured Articles

Balancing Act: Juggling Kids, Spouses, Bosses and Professors.
Doing it all with a baby on the way.

Maximizing Your Scholarship Odds.
How to make your essay stand out and shrink competition.

Overcoming the Fear of Going Back to School.
Simple steps can alleviate concerns.

Back2college COMMUNITY

Join our community and get help from other students like you!