Here are some frequently asked questions and answers that an adult learner/nontraditional student may find helpful during their transition to Fayetteville State University.
At FSU, adult learner/nontraditional students are defined as lifelong learners who generally are 25 years or older, and/or have additional responsibilities such as family, career, military, or community, and are seeking a degree or other educational offering (credit or non-credit) to enhance their professional and/or personal lives. If you fall into one of the following categories, you are considered an adult learner/nontraditional student:
The first step to enrolling at FSU is to apply for admission. The admissions process is the same for adult learner/nontraditional students as it is for other new students. Many adult learners are first-time college students, some may be transferring from another institution, and others may be seeking an additional degree such as a second bachelor's or master's degree. Click here to apply for admission online. Admissions staff can assist you with any additional steps that may be necessary to complete your application file such as the submission of transcripts, test scores, etc. Please view the Office of Admissions home page for more Information.
The Office of Financial Aid will assist you with estimating your financial aid eligibility. In addition, you are encouraged to review the Scholarship Opportunities page for a variety of scholarship for which you may qualify.
To help determine your eligibility for various sources of financial aid, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, the preferential filing date, or as soon as possible. For more information contact the Office of Financial Aid by phone at (910) 672-1325, via email at FinAid@uncfsu.edu or visit their website.
There are online degree programs offered through the Office of Online Education. For more information, go to the Office of Online Education webpage. Currently, FSU only offers a Teacher Education Accelerated Summer Program.
Fayetteville State University does not offer evening and/or weekend degree completion programs at this time. FSU offers day, evening and weekend classes. Please visit the class schedule link in banner for further details and class availability.
Here at Fayetteville State University, academic credit is not given for life or work experience.
Not at all! More than 49% of our total enrollment is made up of Adult learner/Nontraditional students. That's why our programs are tailored to meet the needs of adult students, with small class sizes, approachable faculty and a comfortable study environment
There are several opportunities for campus involvement for Adult Learners and Nontraditional Students. Visit the Office of Student Activities page for further details.
Taking one class is permitted. However, you must have 12 semester hours of credit to be considered a full-time student. Not being a full-time student most likely will impact your financial aid eligibility, campus housing opportunities, and various other "benefits" enjoyed by full-time FSU students. In addition, it goes without saying that enrolling in no more than 3 hours of semester credit (typically the credit earned for one class) per semester will delay your time to graduation.
First and foremost, you must be realistic about your schedule - work, family, school, etc. Traditionally, adult learner/nontraditional students have a multitude of responsibilities; school is only one of them. Take note of the following tips to increase your chances for academic success at FSU: