Free College for Baby Boomers

free college for baby boomers

It’s never too late to get a college education. In fact, this may be a GREAT time for you to go back to school because if you’re 60+ you may be eligible to attend college for free! Many seniors have taken advantage of these offers to increase their earnings, pursue their passion, or simply keep their minds sharp during retirement.

Similarities Between Offers

The discounts and waivers that colleges and universities offer have a few things in common. First, seniors must be a resident of the state or county, sometimes for a minimum number of years. Second, seniors must pass the standard admissions process for the school. Lastly, seniors using a waiver will only be accepted into the course if there is space available on the first day of class. If the class is full or there’s a waiting list, then they may not be accepted.

Alternative Choices for Free College Courses

In addition to the colleges below, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offers free, non-accredited courses to its paying members. They partner up with a variety of schools across the United States, so you are likely to find one near you even if your state doesn’t have many other discounts available. The minimum age requirement for membership is 60 years.

See What Your Local College May Offer

The table below lists many colleges and universities that offer free or discounted courses. While the list is large, it is far from exhaustive. Some eligibility requirements and many schools may be missing from the table. If you have any questions about the policies of a particular college or university, please visit their website or contact them. The financial aid department or registration office of that school will likely be able to fill in the details. Find your state below!

StateInstitutionMinimum AgeTuition, AuditTuition, CreditCredit Limits
AlabamaAny community college60FreeFree 
AlaskaUniversity of Alaska65FreeFree 
Arizona – MaricopaMaricopa Community Colleges6550% off50% off 
Arizona – Cochise and Santa CruzCochise College6050% off50% off 
ArkansasAny state school60FreeFree 
CaliforniaCalifornia State University60FreeFree 
ColoradoColorado State University55FreeAudit only 
ColoradoUniversity of Colorado Denver60FreeAudit only 
ColoradoUniversity of Northern Colorado65FreeAudit only 
ConnecticutAny state school62FreeFree 
DelawareUniversity of Delaware60FreeFree 
DelawareDelaware State University60FreeFree 
DelawareDelaware Technical and Community College60FreeFree 
District of ColumbiaGeorge Washington University60$65/courseAudit only 
District of ColumbiaGeorgetown University65$50/courseAudit only 
FloridaAny state university60FreeAudit only 
GeorgiaUniversity System of Georgia62FreeFree 
HawaiiKauai Community College60FreeAudit only 
HawaiiLeeward Community College60FreeAudit only 
HawaiiUH Manoa60FreeAudit only 
IdahoBoise State University65FreeAudit only 
IdahoCollege of Southern Idaho60FreeAudit only 
IllinoisAny state school65Free*Free* 
IndianaAny state school60At least 50% offAt least 50% off9 credits per semester
IowaDes Moines Area Community College62FreeFree1 course per semester
IowaSimpson College65Free$375/credit1 course per semester
KansasAny state university60FreeAudit only 
KentuckyAny state school65FreeFree 
LouisianaAny state school55FreeFree 
MaineUniversity of Maine System65FreeFree 
MarylandUniversity of Maryland System60Free**Free**3 courses per semester
MassachusettsAny state school600-100% off0-100% off 
MichiganCentral Michigan University60FreeAudit only 
MichiganLake Superior State University60FreeAudit only 
MichiganMichigan Tech60FreeFree2 courses per semester
MinnesotaAny state school62FreeFree 
MississippiMississippi State University60FreeFree6 credits per semester
MississippiUniversity of Mississippi65FreeFree4 credits per semester
MissouriAny state school65FreeFree 
MontanaMontana University System65FreeFree 
NebraskaChadron State College65FreeFree1 course per semester
NebraskaCollege of Saint Mary65FreeFree1 course per semester
NebraskaUniversity of Nebraska65FreeFree2 courses per semester
NevadaUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas62FreeFree 
New HampshireGranite State College65FreeFree2 courses per year
New HampshireUniversity of New Hampshire65FreeFree2 courses per year
New JerseyRutgers University62FreeAudit only 
New JerseyNew Jersey City University65FreeAudit only 
New JerseyMontclair State University65FreeFree 
New MexicoAny state school65$5/credit$5/creditup to 10 credits per semester
New YorkState University of New YorkFreeAudit only 
New YorkCity University of New York schools60$65$65 
North CarolinaUniversity of North Carolina65FreeFree 
North DakotaBismarck State College65FreeAudit only 
North DakotaDickinson State University65FreeAudit only 
North DakotaNorth State University65FreeAudit only 
OhioAny state school60FreeFree 
OklahomaOklahoma City Community College65FreeAudit only 
OklahomaOklahoma Panhandle State University65FreeAudit only 
OklahomaSouthwestern Oklahoma State University65FreeFree 
OregonMost state schools***65FreeFree8 credits per semester
PennsylvaniaPennsylvania State University60FreeFree6 credits per semester
PennsylvaniaClarion University62FreeFree 
Rhode IslandAny state school60Free*Free* 
South CarolinaAny state school60FreeFree 
South DakotaAny state school6545% off45% off 
TennesseeAny state school60FreeAudit only 
TennesseeAny state school65Free$45-$70 
TexasUniversity of Texas (Austin and Dallas)65FreeFree6 credits per semester
TexasUniversity of Houston65FreeFree6 credits per semester
TexasLone Star College65FreeFree6 credits per semester
UtahAny state school62FreeFree 
VermontVermont State Colleges System65Free50% off1 course per semester
VirginiaAny state school60FreeFree3 courses per term
WashingtonSouth Seattle College60$5/course$5/course 
WashingtonBellevue College60$5/course50% off 
WashingtonCommunity Colleges of Spokane60$2.5/course$2.5/course 
West VirginiaAny state school65$5050% off 
WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin System60FreeAudit only 
WyomingUniversity of Wyoming65FreeFree 
Wyoming – Park CountyNorthwest College60FreeFree6 credits per semester

*If income meets the requirements

**If retired

***The waiver is required by law for community colleges, while many state universities have followed suit.

David Goldstein
David launched Boomer Buyer Guides with his wife Alice to provide Baby Boomers with trustworthy, well-researched information about products and services that Baby Boomers buy. Learn more about David Goldstein