Age is No Barrier
As a mature-aged student you won't be alone at university. Most universities have a mix of younger and older students on campus.
Mature Age Students
As a "mature age student", you have the advantage of experience on your side. Although you may not have much formal education, you have a wealth of "informal" knowledge that you've picked up along the way.
And you certainly won't be alone on campus. Most universities have a diverse mix of younger and older students.
Making the decision to study as a mature aged student is much harder because it's likely you already have fixed financial commitments and dependant children. So you will have to carefully weigh up the pros and cons regarding the impact of study on your life. Because your decision to study involves more commitment, you will also have the added advantage of understanding the value of your time while studying!
The Indigenous Higher Education Units at your local university can assist you with pre-study planning and also help you to make an informed decision when considering studying.
Even if you have no tertiary or secondary record of education, or if your existing academic record does not meet entry requirements, there are various entry schemes and bridging courses to help you into and through a university degree.
When making your decision, it's a good idea to consider the experiences of past mature age students. These people have an understanding and awareness of the issues you are likely to be facing and the different types of assistance that are available.
Dr Noritta Morseu-Diop was a single Mum with two children, living on welfare and delivering junk mail to make ends meet when she began her journey at university. Read Dr Noritta's story