5 Benefits of Being A Non-Traditional Student

Making the decision to go to school as a non-traditional student can seem intimidating, but choosing to further your education later in life has its advantages! United Career Institute has compiled a list of five benefits of being a non-traditional student continuing their education, so keep reading to learn more! 

5 Benefits of Being A Non-Traditional StudentWhat Is A Non-Traditional Student?

A non-traditional student can be defined as someone who chooses to attend higher education as an adult rather than beginning immediately after graduating from high school. Non-traditional students may have families, past education, and work experience that they can use to their benefit as they decide to attend a training program. Veterans are also considered non-traditional students and can qualify for additional financial assistance and support through the GI Bill® and Yellow Ribbon Program.

These life experiences give non-traditional students a unique perspective that we value and encourage at United Career Institute. So, if you’re a non-traditional student on the fence about continuing your education, continue reading to discover the benefits you bring to your educational experience.

1. You have developed important soft skills

Having life experience that they bring to their education, non-traditional students have a unique perspective and skill set that they can apply to their academic experience. Soft skills like communication, problem-solving, time management, and more are typically learned “in the real world” rather than in a classroom. However, these skills are fundamental and help non-traditional students be successful.  

2. You know the value of education 

Because non-traditional students make the conscious decision to attend school after working or raising a family, they know the importance of their educational experience. This can provide them with more motivation to achieve their goals and allow them to see the bigger picture.

3. You’re goal-oriented

Non-traditional students may be attending school later in life, allowing them to gain some life experience and determine what career they want for themselves. Having a solid understanding of what they want their future to look like, they can set clear goals and follow through with them. 

4. You may be eligible for financial assistance

There are numerous scholarships, grants* and financial assistance programs available for those who want to attend school. For example, United Career Institute offers eligible candidates grant programs that they can apply for. In addition, outside scholarships and grant programs may also be available for non-traditional students to help make school affordable. The financial aid team at United Career Institute will help guide students through the process of determining their eligibility and finding programs to help them finance their education.

5. You can work and go to school 

The ability to balance family, work, and school allows non-traditional students to continue their education without putting their life on hold. Because they may have already been working and caring for their families, non-traditional students have experience juggling multiple aspects of their lives simultaneously. United Career Institute recognizes that students are busy and must be able to balance their education with their personal lives, often while continuing to work. 

Can you see yourself furthering your education?

Are you a non-traditional student who wants to complete healthcare training and expand your career opportunities? Then, United Career Institute is the place for you! Get started on your educational journey in one of our accelerated career training programs today by calling 724-515-2440 or Requesting Information


*For those who qualify. See catalog for detailed eligibility requirements.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.