Non-Traditional Students

Adult Students

Montclair State University’s Adult Learner program is dedicated to lifelong learning, offers academic, career, and personal support services to non-traditional and working students who:

  • Are 25 years of age or older (required)
  • Possess a high school degree or the GED (required)
  • Are pursuing an undergraduate degree (required)
  • Have not been enrolled in a college or university for at least the last 2 years (required)

In addition, the Adult Learner program offers the GNED 100 Adult Academic Success Seminar, a required 2-credit course that through its focus on note taking, stress and time management, study and writing skills, helps many adult students to transition from the responsibilities of the workplace to the academics of the classroom.

Adult Learners must contact the Office of Academic Success and Retention Programs to determine eligibility to register for summer courses.

Unemployed Persons Tuition Waiver Program students (undergraduate) must contact the Office of Academic Success and Retention Programs to determine eligibility to register for summer courses.

Older Adult Program (OLA)

OLA, is a tuition waiver program for New Jersey residents who:

  • Are at least 65 years of age
  • Possess a high-school degree or its equivalent

allows eligible students to enroll at Montclair State University on a space-available basis with costs that include only administrative and student fees.

OLA students interested in taking courses for personal enrichment (non-degree classification), simply need to complete an OLA application and submit an official transcript. However, students interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree must submit a complete Undergraduate application and meet all of the necessary entrance requirements to the University.

Students who have a baccalaureate degree (including those with advanced degrees) must apply through The Graduate School and may take undergraduate or graduate courses. These students will pay all applicable graduate student fees regardless of the course level. Students with an undergraduate degree interested in pursuing a graduate degree must submit a completed Application for Graduate & Post-Baccalaureate Programs and submit it directly through The Graduate School

In all cases, formal acceptance to a specific Montclair State University undergraduate or graduate program is the sole criteria as to whether or not courses taken through OLA apply to degree or non-degree studies.

Older Adult Program Tuition Waiver Program students must contact the Office of Academic Success and Retention Programs to determine eligibility to register for summer courses.