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Non-Traditional Student

WVU Potomac State College promotes learning for students of all ages and experiences. We have a number of students who have decided to fulfill their dreams by returning to school and pursuing a college degree.

How to Apply as a Non-Traditional Student

We offer a variety of opportunities for non-traditional students, including the flexible, individualized Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) four-year degree program, as well as a number of unique online courses. We offer the Bachelors of Applied Science in Criminal Justice degree completely online. Many non-traditional students also enjoy taking courses on-campus and interacting face-to-face with their professors and fellow students of all ages.

For more information on options for non-traditional students you can contact your admissions counselor.

Admission Requirements for Non-Traditional Students

You are considered a non-traditional student if:

  • You are a student over the age of 23 or
  • You are a student who graduated from high school five or more years ago. 

If this is your first time attending college, follow the process for first-time freshmen. If you have attended another college since graduating from high school, follow the process for transfer studentsIf you have previously attended WVU Potomac State College only, just  update an application for admission.

Financial Resources for Non-Traditional Students

Non-traditional students may qualify for any of the financial aid programs available at WVU Potomac State College. Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 and include the WVU school code of 003827.  

In addition, the following resources may be helpful: 

WV HEAPS (Higher Education Adult Part-Time Student) Grant Program – Enables West Virginia students who demonstrate financial need to continue their education on a part-time basis at West Virginia colleges and universities.  To apply, just complete the FAFSA.  

Osher Reentry Scholarship Program - The purpose of the Osher Reentry Scholarship program is to provide scholarships to assist non-traditional, re-entry students with tuition expenses. Re-entry students are defined those who have experienced a cumulative interruption in their education of five or more years and want to resume their undergraduate studies to complete their first baccalaureate degree. The scholarship is intended to benefit students who have considerable years of employment ahead of them.  

Find out more about the Osher Reentry Scholarship Program

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