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Affordable Education Opportunities for Older Residents

By

Adelbert Hall

Try the Senior Scholar Program at CWRU

(Courtesy of CWRU)

Cleveland's area colleges and universities offer a variety of affordable -- and sometimes free -- learning opportunities for residents over 55 years. From practical courses, such as Legal Tips from Seniors to 400-level college courses, there is a wealth of knowlege for the taking. Among the available programs are:

Cleveland State University -- Project 60 -- CSU gives Ohio residents over the age of 60 the opportunity to attend up to four classes each semester tuition free, as part of its Project 60 program. "Students" in this program get a student ID card and may use all of the facilities of the university, but do not receive credit towards a degree. Project 60 students are responsible for their own books and supplies. For more information, visit the CSU website.

Case Western Reserve University -- Senior Scholar Audit Program -- Case offers students age 65 and older the opportunity to audit a large variety of classes in the College of Arts and Sciences for $130 per semester. Up to three courses may be audited each semester. No degree credit is given. For more information, visit the CWRU website.

Cuyahoga Community College -- Encore Program -- CCC's program gives residents 55 years and older the opportunity to study a variety of subjects for $65 to $75 per session. Each session includes up to six courses for a ten week period. Classes are taught by CCC staff, retired educators, and professionals and span the disciplines of education, the arts, business, health, and wellness. Encore students are afforded access to all of the college's computer and library facilities. Tri-C has campuses downtown, in Westlake, in Parma, and in Highland Heights. For more information, visit CCC's Encore website.

(Updated 11-03-07)

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