Degree Completion for Non-Traditional Students

Looking to earn an undergraduate degree from FGCU?

Non-traditional students frequently have different needs and barriers than traditional students. The Innovative Education and Partnerships Department offers the below services and programs to ensure FGCU students at any stage of life can pursue higher education. 

There are several different types of non-traditional students.

Does this sound like you? A non-traditional student…

  • may work full time (35 hours or more per week) while enrolled
  • attends courses part time for part of each academic year
  • served time in the military 
  • returns to college after a prolonged absence  
  • has dependents, including children or elderly relatives, or may be a single parent
  • seeks to attend courses outside regular business hours 
  • delayed enrollment into postsecondary education 
  • has established financial independence from parents

Questions? Connect With a Student Navigator.

A Student Navigator is an FGCU professional staff member available to provide you one-on-one guidance about your degree completion and help chart your most time-efficient path to graduation. They will help you navigate the college experience to ensure it aligns with your personal and career goals, and your intended major from pre-admission to graduation.


Campus Services and Support 

Non-Traditional Admissions 

This team is responsible for wrap-around services for Non-Traditional students including enrollment, pre-admissions counseling, application assistance, post admissions transition counseling, coordination of next steps, and discussion of financial aid and scholarships. In order to serve adult students well, they should have the option to connect to support staff who are well-trained in helping non-traditional students access the services they need on campus seamlessly. 

Learn More About Non-Traditional Admissions 

Military and Veteran Success

This department is invested in helping veteran/military students and their families with the challenges of transitioning from active duty military to a welcoming, inclusive campus. They have an understanding of veteran-specific issues that impact performance and academic success and in turn, provide resources and guidance for serving the unique educational needs of veterans.

Learn More About Military and Veteran Success

Financial Aid and Scholarships 

This office helps students apply for and receive student loans, grants, scholarships, and other types of financial aid. There are numerous ways to get answers to your financial aid questions. Financial Aid team members are ready to assist you by email, phone appointment, or in-person. 

Learn More About Financial Aid and Scholarships

CareerSource SWFL

CareerSource Southwest Florida offers financial assistance for your education and training opportunities to Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) eligible job seekers. 

Learn More About CareerSource SWFL