Lifelong Learner Program

Lifelong Learning status affords an opportunity for individuals to enroll in a few courses of specific interest to them without completing the regular application. Individuals applying to The W as a Lifelong Learner may enroll in classes for academic credit, or they may audit courses (no academic credit is awarded).

Requirements and Restrictions for Lifelong Learner Applicants:

  • You must be 21 or older.
  • Lifelong Learning students are not eligible for financial aid, scholarships or institutional grants (except for senior citizens).
  • Senior citizens (age 65+) are eligible for a scholarship that covers tuition.
  • Students entering as Lifelong Learners may take the courses offered for credit, or they may audit the course.
  • Individuals may not continue to enroll as a Lifelong Learner, after earning 21 semester hours of academic credits without special permission from the Provost.
  • After completing 21 hours of classes for academic credit, students may be required to apply through the regular university admissions process.
  • Classes taken not for credit (auditing) can not be applied to degree programs nor to the Executive Certificate Programs.
  • Lifelong Learners should refer to the university calendar for general admission deadlines.

Students who do not desire to seek a degree but are interested in taking courses for credit (with or without a grade) should apply for admission to The W as a Lifelong Learner. However, students interested in taking non-credit courses, should contact the Office of Admissions. For more information, please call (662) 329-7106 or email

Students admitted to The W as a Lifelong Learner who have additional questions about scheduling classes should contact the School of Education’s Navigator.

*Updated July 2022 – SoE