Some are preparing for new careers or looking for job advancement. Others are seeking to expand their knowledge in specialized areas or are returning to college to complete their degrees. For those lucky enough to have the time and the resources, the college experience may mean engaging in academic pursuits simply for enrichment and enjoyment. Mercyhurst University is committed to serving the diverse needs of adult students, regardless of their reasons for attending our university, and will be fully engaged in assisting them in reaching their educational and personal goals.
'Adult students' are defined according to guidelines used on the FAFSA to determine financial aid eligibility. In short, if you are 24 years of age or older, married, a veteran of the armed services or respoinsbile for the majority of financial support of a dependant, Mercyhurst will engage you through the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education, sometimes referred to as 'Adult Admissions.'
Mercyhurst strives to provide you, the adult learner, with:
Adult Programs are open to any adult who graduated from high school or earned a GED at least five years ago. Those who graduated less than five years ago who are veterans, married, or financially responsible for a dependent may also qualify. Adults wishing to complete undergraduate coursework as an 'adult student' may apply as one of the following:
Applications are accepted throughout the year for admission.
A high school diploma or GED is required for admission. Applicants must provide an official high school or GED transcript, plus two letter of recommendation. Applicants who have lower than a 2.5 GPA on their high school or GED transcripts are asked to complete an academic placement exam. This is a computer exam on reading, writing, and math.
Adults who have attended college at some point in the past must submit all official college transcripts from any post-secondary institution previously attended, plus two letters of recommendation. (An official high school transcript is required if the GPA from the last college attended is below a 2.5.)
Adult students who have previously attended Mercyhurst University must only submit an application. We will obtain your Mercyhurst transcripts from the Registrar's office once your application is submitted. If you have attended another college or university after your time at Mercyhurst University, you would then be considered an Adult Transfer and must follow those admissions requirements.
If you are not seeking a degree from Mercyhurst University but would like to take a single course, please fill out our Transient Student Application. We will only require transcripts if the course you are interested in has a perquisite.
Adult students for the 2015-2016 academic year are billed at $2,019 per 3 credit course (or $673 per credit). Post-baccalaureate coursework is billed at $1,545 per 3 credit course (or $515 per credit). Professional development courses are $489. Note that adult students are also responsible for a $65 registration fee for each semester of enrollment.
Mercyhurst University offers a wide variety of financial aid programs to make your college education affordable. Students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®); use school code 003297 when submitting your FAFSA®.
Grants are financial aid awards that do not need to be repaid. Grants are applied to your bill and reduce your cost of attendance:
Students should also consider student loans when financing their education. Mercyhurst 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.
Admissions & Enrollment Coordinator for Adult Students
Phone: (814) 824-2985