We know non-traditional students may face a different set of challenges than the traditional student such as: anxiety of delayed enrollment or re-entering after high school, academic success, balancing work and family, and finding a connection on campus.
Our Non-traditional Peer Assistants are successful non-traditional students who can help inform, advocate, and connect you to DWU and the TRiO program.
Characteristics of a non-traditional student:
- Delays enrollment (does not enter postsecondary education in the same calendar year that he or she finished high school);
- Returning to postsecondary education as a result of changing career goals;
- Attends part time for at least part of the academic year;
- Works full time (35 hours or more per week) while enrolled;
- Is considered 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 (either not married or married but separated and has dependents); or
- Does not have a high school diploma (completed high school with a GED or other high school completion certificate or did not finish high school).