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Peterson’s Launches New Online Communities for Military Members/Veterans and Adult Learners 

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO – March 12, 2020 – Peterson’s recently unveiled two new online communities designed for two fast-growing nontraditional student groupsmilitary members/veterans and adult learnersto help streamline the process of going back to school. 

“Many of the resources available to help students seeking college focus on the traditional student graduating from high school,” said Jordan Stolper, Peterson’s CEO. “We want to ensure those nontraditional students are also having their needs met when it comes to pursuing higher education. The US is seeing a sharp rise in the number of adults 25 years or older going back to school or enrolling for the first time, and we want to provide them with the tools they need to be successful.”

In fact, adult college students over the age of 25 comprise 6.6 million, or about 35 percent of those currently enrolled in higher education, according to a 2018 survey from the U.S. Census Bureau. The survey also revealed that the adult student population is expected to grow much faster than that of younger students over the next several years.

Many of these nontraditional students have served in the military and are preparing to return to civilian life in search of what’s next. Others are opting for a career change or are looking to increase their earning power with a new degree or certificate that should translate into higher paying jobs.  

For those who have or are currently serving in the military, generous veterans’ education benefits are one of the reasons for an increased number of veterans returning to school. Peterson’s Military Resource Community makes it easy for military members to identify Yellow Ribbon and other military-friendly schools, as well as programs that work toward careers that are common among veterans.

For other adult learners, Peterson’s provides a list of accelerated programs, and other options to help shorten the time to a degree, such as DSST and CLEP exams. The Adult Learners Resource Community also provides a list of parent-friendly schools that help alleviate the hardship of providing child care while attending college so adults can focus on coursework and earning their degree. 

Both Peterson’s Resource Communities provide a number of valuable resources, including information about DSST and CLEP exam test prep to help students save time and money, a scholarship search database to help students fund their education, as well as numerous downloadable resources, relevant blog posts, videos and podcasts.

To help fund their education, Peterson’s is sponsoring two $2,500 scholarships one for graduate students and one for undergraduate students.   

“Peterson’s is dedicated to providing the resources and tools necessary to help nontraditional students attain their educational and career goals,” Stolper said. “We understand that going back to school can be difficult while balancing a full-time job, a family, and a mortgage. Our resource pages were designed with this in mind, and to equip nontraditional students with the valuable information and support needed to successfully achieve the degree, licensure, or career of their dreams.”

Contact Us

For more information about the Military and Adult Learners Resource Communities, please contact:

Elizabeth Barry
Director of Marketing

About Peterson’s

Peterson’s is the world’s leading educational services company dedicated to furthering education after high school and beyond. From culinary school to medical school and everything in-between, Peterson’s helps students discover, prepare for, and fund their education. Each year over 500,000 students rely on Peterson’s test preparation for over 150 admissions, licensure, and career exams. www.petersons.com