Adult Students participating in class

For Adult Students

Whether you are preparing for a new career, looking to expand your knowledge or returning to complete your degree, Ƶapp University is committed to serving the diverse needs of adult students.

Providing the flexibility you desire.

Adult studentsare defined as those who are 24 years of age or older, married, a veteran of the armed services or responsible for the majority of financial support of a dependent. Ƶapp engages adult students through the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions, sometimes referred to asAdult Admissions.

Applying to Ƶapp

Adults wishing to complete undergraduate coursework as an 'adult student' may apply as one of the following:

  • Adult First-Time Student:Adults who have never before attended college
  • Adult Transfer Student:Adults who have attended college at some point in the past
  • Adult Re-Admit Student:Adults who have previously attended Ƶapp University
  • Adult VisitingStudent: Adultswho are currently enrolled in another college or university and wish to complete one or more courses at Ƶapp

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for adult students to be admitted to Ƶapp University are as follows:

  • A complete
  • Anofficialhigh school or GED transcript.
  • Applicants who have lower than a 2.5 GPA on their high school or GED transcripts are asked to complete an online academic placement examon reading, writing, and math topics
  • Applicants who have attended college before must submit all official college transcripts from any post-secondary institution previously attended, regardless of whether any credits were successfully earned or not.
  • A resume, letters of recommendation, personal essay, or on-campus interview may be required to help make an admissions decision. You will be notified by your enrollment counselor if one or more of these additional requirements is needed.

Adult Re-Admit Requirements

Adult students who have previously attended Ƶapp University must only complete a ; our office will obtain your Ƶapp transcriptsonce your application is submitted. If you have attended another college or university after your time at Ƶapp, you would then be considered an Adult Transfer and must follow those admissions requirements.

Adult Visiting Requirements

If you are not seeking a degree from Ƶapp University but would like to take a single course, please fill out our Transient Student Application (filled out in the admissions office, payment due upon registration). We will only require transcripts if the course you are interested in has a prerequisite requirement.

All adult application documents should be directed to:

Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions Ƶapp University 501 East 38thStreet Erie, PA 16546

Cost and Financial Aid

For the 2023-2024academic year, tuition for undergraduate adult students is set at $1,740per three-credit course (or $580per credit). Post-baccalaureate coursework is also billed at $1,740per three-credit course (or $580per credit). Professional development courses are $621.

Please note that adult students are also responsible for an $85 per-semester registration fee; adult students in certain bachelor’s programs (including natural sciences majors, Cyber Security, Data Science, or Intelligence Studies) will also be assessed a per-semester program fee of up to $500.

Ƶapp University offers a wide variety of financial aid programs to make your college education affordable. Students seeking financial aid must complete the (FAFSA); be sure to use school code 003297 when submitting your FAFSA to send your results to Ƶapp.

Students should also consider student loans when financing their education. Ƶapp is a direct federal lender, which means that students borrow funds directly from the federal government. Interest rates are below private market rates for both Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans. Students might also consider private education loans from banks and credit unions.

Grants and Scholarships

Grants are financial aid awards that do not need to be repaid. Grants are applied to your bill and reduce your cost of attendance:

  • Pennsylvania StateGrant- Pennsylvania residents enrolled at least half time may be eligible for a stategrant.Amounts are determined by PHEAA depending on your annual income.
  • Federal Pell Grant- Students who enroll at least half time may be eligible for a federal Pell Grant, which range from $692to $6,895per academic year.Students with very low incomes may also be eligible for a Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG).
  • Catherine McAuley Award- Full-time adult students who demonstrate financial need may be eligible for a Catherine McAuley Award.This award provides up to $3,000 per academic year.All accepted students are considered for this award, provided a FAFSAwas filed.

Employer Reimbursement

Students whose employers offer a tuition reimbursement program may enroll in the university’s Employer Reimbursement/Tuition Deferment Program by completing the , alongside a completed .Enrollment allows a student’s account balance to be deferred until 45days after the end of the term for which the student enrolls.Please direct inquiries regarding employer reimbursement to the Office of Student Financial Services at 814-824-2288 or

Academic Programming

Ƶapp is committed to making higher education an attainable and rewarding experience for adult students of every age and background. We offer more than 60 undergraduate fields of study, including four-year bachelor’s programs and two-year associate degree programs, depending on your personal and professional interests and goals. Please visit our Academics webpage to explore all of our programs of study.

Fast Facts

  • For many of our programs, evening, weekend and online courses are available to supplement your schedule
  • Ƶapp is nationallyranked--in the top tier and No. 13 for graduation rate by U.S. News & World Report
  • More than 100 programs of study provide plenty of academic options
  • Adult students pay 33% less than traditional students
  • Adult scholarships are available, ask about our scholarship programs!

Will My Credits Transfer?

Ƶapp is an accredited institution, which means most of your college credits earned at other accredited institutions will transfer with you. To determine which of your college credits will transfer and which equivalent courses you’ll receive credit for, sign up with Transferology, a free network service designed to help you explore your transfer options.

Credit Evaluation

In general, the credits you earned for courses in which you received a grade of “C” or higher will transfer to Ƶapp. You will receive a preliminary evaluation of transfer credits after your acceptance.

Ƶapp can accept a maximum of 90 credits from accredited four-year colleges and universities or 60 credits from community or junior colleges.Credits earned for orientation, practicum, internships, and student teaching do not transfer. AP credits will be considered for transfer upon review of original score reports. Please note that while course credits transfer to Ƶapp, previous grade point averages do not transfer – all transfer students start a new grade point average that is based only on courses completed at Ƶapp University.

Prior Learning

It's not unusual for our adult students to have some prior learning or work experience that could translate into college credits. We're excited to offer two opportunities for getting credit for what you may have already learned up to this point. First, the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)helps you receive college credit for what you already know, for a fraction of the cost of a college course. There are more than 30 courses offered at Ƶapp for which a student may take a CLEP exam! Student may earn a maximum of 30 credits utilizing the CLEP exams.

The second opportunity for earning college credit without spending the semester in a class is through prior learning or life experience assessment. Students earn credits through this means by completing an in-depth portfolio of their prior learning or life experiences (both professional and personal), which is then evaluated by a Ƶapp professor or educational assessment administrator to determine if those experiences are relevant enough to merit college credit. This is a rigorous process, so be prepared to put in a great deal of time and effort into the portfolio.

Contact Us

Steven Gregg
Director, Graduate and Professional Admissions