In many cases, continuing education (CE) is an opportunity for people to further their academic and career pursuits by increasing their academic knowledge and strengthening their skills. In others, CE is necessary for licensure, recertification or staying up to date in one’s profession. Teaching, mental health care, nursing, accounting and a host of other professions often require individuals in these fields to continually pursue continuing education.
Continuing education comes in many forms, from the more formal graduate degrees, certificates and research to less intensive seminars, workshops and courses offered through professional organizations. Above all, the various forms of CE help professionals enhance their skills and learning. One key difference is the cost and how professionals pay for continuing education. Secondary and post-degree programs often require tuition, and some professionals may opt for financial aid to help make their CE program more affordable.
Grants can be invaluable for adult students looking to further their education. They differ from other types of financial aid, like loans, as they are free money with generally no requirement for repayment. In addition, many returning adult students qualify for grants if their circumstances meet specific criteria.
However, knowing where to look for grants or what to look for can be challenging. So, consider the following a guide to finding grants to help fund your education.