How to Get Free Education as a Senior Citizen

Today's seniors learn in both classrooms and online.
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Older Americans who want a free education can sign up for no-tuition classes at public universities throughout the country. They can also sign up for free online courses and classes at public libraries and community centers.

1 Free College Courses

More than half of all accredited universities in the United States offer tuition waivers for older adults, according to “U.S. News & World Report.” Eligible ages vary by state. For example, any Texan age 65 or older can earn six credit hours free. Any South Carolina senior 60 or older can take free classes at state colleges.

2 Online Learning Opportunities

The seniors organization AARP offers free online money management classes through its Finance 50+ program. The United Kingdom’s Open University offers free online classes on topics ranging from art, history and science to politics, finance and law.

3 Community Centers and Libraries

Examples of community centers with free classes include Minnesota’s Maple Grove Community Center, which offers painting, fitness and computer technology. The Glazier Senior Education Center in Houston offers classes ranging from computer keyboarding to conversational Spanish. Examples of public libraries that host free computer skills classes include every New York City borough branch and all branches of California’s Anaheim Public Libraries system.

S.R. Haines is a veteran writer whose work has been published by newspapers, magazines, international news wire services and nonprofit publications on topics ranging from breaking news and politics to travel, parenting, education, business and technology. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.