Free (or Cheap) College for Seniors and Retirees in All 50 States

Whether it's to complete a degree, gain new knowledge or just for fun, seniors and retirees can get on (back) to school in a most inexpensive way.

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As a retiree, you’re already a bonafide graduate of the school of hard knocks — your decades of full-time employment. However, there’s still a lot to learn in a happy retirement. A commitment to lifelong learning can have enormous benefits, whether your goal is pursuing a second act in your career, lifelong learning to keep your brain sharp or finally completing that long-sought-after degree. The research is clear; successful retirements have healthy doses of both leisure and purpose.

Across the country, retirees can take advantage of free (or close to it) college courses for older residents at various public and private institutions. Some programs allow elders as young as 55 to participate.

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