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An adult or nontraditional student is not defined only by age (usually over 24), they are also students with life circumstances different from the typical traditional student. These circumstances include, but are not limited to students who are:
  • parents
  • married, divorced, or single
  • caring for elderly parents
  • veterans
  • returning to college after a period of time in the work force or working in their home
  • entering college for the first time, not right after high school graduation
  • full-time, part-time or seasonal employees
  • distance learners
What makes adult and nontraditional students unique from other students and similar to each other is the multiple roles they assume in order to attend college.
A transfer student is someone with prior academic credits from another college or university. This usually means that the student has some experience of college life, but that may be very different from APSU life! This brings challenges not faced by other continuing or returning students which we can help with.

Most scholarships at APSU are open to all students- transfer and nontraditional included. Nontraditional and transfer students are encouraged to apply for any and all scholarships. The types of scholarships that are not available are those that are typically bestowed on new students based on their high school performance. See our newly admitted checklist for scholarship and financial aid information.


We have also compiled a list of scholarships for Nontraditional and Transfer students here. These include external scholarships that our students have received. 

Yes, all students pay the same activity fee and are encouraged to participate in campus events and organizations. Likewise, events sponsored by the ANTS Center are also open to traditional students. 

APSU Event Calendar
Gov ANTANTS stands for Adult, Nontraditional, and Transfer Students. ANTS are notoriously strong creatures with the ability to adapt and overcome. We like to think that our nontraditional and transfer students do the same as they transition to student life at APSU. 
The Austin Peay State University Child Learning Center serves children of APSU students, staff, and faculty as well as children in the community. The Child Learning Center is located in the Sexton building on Eighth Street and serves children from 2 1/2 to 5 years of age.  Parents are encouraged to visit the center prior to making a decision to enroll their child.

Another great resource for finding childcare in the state of Tennessee is the Department of Human Services Website. Here you are able to search childcare centers and see their evaluations, hours, and contact information. There is also information on childcare payment assistance while in school.
The ANTS Center aims to make all of its programs and events child-friendly. We also have a program specifically designed for children. ANTS Camp is a program offered monthly that offers fun, engaging activities for children. While your children are playing, you are able to study and get ahead on your schoolwork. Students with children are encouraged to sign up ahead of time by emailing the center or filling out a form found on the event in PeayLink. 
That's not uncommon! Stop by the ANTS Center when we are open to meet other Adult Learners who are regulars to the center. We also have Adult Café! This is a group of students over the age of 24 that meet over lunch and discuss how to be involved and successful as an adult-learner. Group meetings are ran by a senior student who is also an adult-learner at APSU. Lunch is provided to group members. Check out the upcoming dates for Adult Café on PeayLink or under our Events tab!


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