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LSUA Offers "Back 2 School" Seminars for Adults

Released: 03/27/2009

Two comprehensive seminars to “remove the barriers facing adults returning to college” will be held at LSU at Alexandria on April 2 and April 4, announced Teresa Seymour, executive director of enrollment management and records. The April 2 session starts at 6 p.m., and the April 4 event begins at 2 p.m. Both “Back 2 School” programs will be held in the Fitness Center building at the rear of the campus.

“The sessions will be identical, but we’re presenting them at different times to accommodate the schedules of working adults,” Seymour said. Participants are asked to register online at http://OpenHouse.lsua.edu or call 1-888-473-6417 toll free. There is no cost to attend.

LSUA admissions and financial aid personnel, faculty representing the academic departments, and academic advisors will be present. “Every question will be answered,” Seymour said, “and we’ll do everything we can to make the transition back to college as workable as possible. Beyond that we’ll get specific about pathways to academic and career success.”

Participants will learn about LSUA baccalaureate and associate degree programs and career opportunities, financial aid and scholarships, transfer of prior college credits, and criteria for admission. Participants who bring their 2008 federal tax returns can have their eligibility determined for federal financial aid at the seminar. Official or unofficial high school and/or college transcripts also will be evaluated if they are available. Attendees who want to apply for admission on site should bring the $20 application fee.

Seymour said part of the program will deal with “10 myths about going back to college. There are ways that adult learners can build on their experience. We’ve had many adults overcome what they thought were impossible hurdles to earn a degree and literally change their lives and those of their families.” Participants will learn about balancing work, family and college.

First-time college students and high school seniors and their parents also are welcome to attend. “The information we present will be relevant to them too,” Seymour said.