Nontraditional Students

If you are a nontraditional student, your educational experiences, academic background, and financial aid may differ from other students at Michigan Tech. The Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success has information and resources available to help you succeed.

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What is a nontraditional student?

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) defines a nontraditional student by the following characteristics:

  • Delays enrollment (does not enter postsecondary education right after high school);
  • Attends part time;
  • Works full time (35 hours a week or more);
  • Is financially independent for purposes of determining eligibility for financial aid;
  • Has dependents other than a spouse (usually children, but sometimes others);
  • Is a single parent; or
  • Does not have a high school diploma (has completed high school with a GED or other nontraditional diploma or has not finished high school).