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Adult Student Checklist

Now that you’ve been accepted to Montclair State, your next step is to enroll as a full-fledged Red Hawk.

Use the checklist below for guidance.

In addition to completing the steps on the checklists for accepted Freshmen or Transfer Students at the top of this page, all accepted adult students are required to complete:

Step 1
Placement Testing

All adult students with fewer than 24 credit hours need to complete appropriate testing prior to registering for courses. Complete and submit the online Placement Test Reply Form. Please note that you should return the form within ONE week of being accepted to Montclair State.

Adult students with 24 or more earned credit hours should indicate their exemption from basic skills testing in reading, writing or math. Are you exempt from testing?

Step 2
Foreign Language Placement

Review the Foreign Language Placement announcement to complete the form.

Step 3
FAFSA Financial Aid Form

If you wish to to be considered for federal and state financial aid, as well as any merit- or non-merit-based scholarships, you must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by March 1.

Step 4
Review your Degree Audit

As an adult student, you will be able to access your Degree Audit, or Credit Evaluation, within ten business days of the receipt of your acceptance letter.

It will tell you how your courses will transfer over to Montclair State, and let you know what courses you will need to complete in order to receive your degree from Montclair State.

To learn how courses are transferred to Montclair State and to understand their course equivalencies, log into the NEST student services website at montclair.edu/nest. Enter your NetID and Password and select “Degree Audit” from the homepage.

Step 5
Meet with the Coordinator for Academic Success Programs

All adult students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the Coordinator for Academic Success Programs upon their admission to the University.

During your first appointment, you will learn about course registration, specific information about your major’s requirements and gain insights to help you prepare for your academic career at Montclair State.

To schedule your appointment, please call 973-655-4162 or visit montclair.edu/student-development-campus-life/student-academic-services/academic-success/adult-learning/contact-us/.