Top 10 Tips for Adjusting to Retirement


Become a Student

It’s never too late to go back to school.
It’s never too late to go back to school.

You may have heard that it's never too late to go back to school but never really considered it true for yourself. If you're spent all of your adult life working full-time and raising children, there may not have been time to even think about pursuing additional degrees or getting a college degree, period. But the old adage is true; there are plenty of senior citizens setting foot on campus to earn undergraduate or graduate degrees. Continuing your education keeps your mind sharp and active. It could be the opportunity to learn more about a lifelong passion, or the start of another career.

You probably don't want to be saddled with paying back a student loan, but there are grants and scholarships available specifically for senior citizens to attend college. Some colleges simply provide tuition waivers or discounts for seniors.

If you aren't interested in getting a degree but just want to take classes, most colleges allow senior citizens to audit classes for free or at a greatly reduced rate. Auditing means that you attend and participate in the classes, but don't take exams or receive a grade. If you want to audit a class, you usually have to wait until all of the people taking the class for credit have had a chance to enroll in it. Other than that, it's basically all of the fun of going to school without any of the pressure.