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Adult & Returning Students: FAQs

Frequently asked questions about Marist's adult undergraduate degree completion programs.

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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Adult Undergraduate and Returning Students

Q. I want to finish my degree but how do I get started?

A. Fill out the Marist Adult Application for Admissions and submit to the Office of Adult Undergraduate Admission along with your sealed official college transcripts and $50.00 (non-refundable) application fee. Upon acceptance, you will be mailed a transcript credit evaluation at which point you will make an appointment to register with an academic advisor. 

Students can use our online course equivalency database to check course-to-course equivalencies as determined by Marist College. This database is for informational purposes only. Please note this is an unofficial resource and we encourage you to reach out to our office at should you have further questions or concerns.

Q. What if I don't have transcripts?

A. Here is an Official Transcript Request Form.  Fill it out and send it to all previous college(s) attended and request they send to The Office of Adult Admission, Marist College, 3399 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601. 

Q. Is there campus housing for adult students?

A. No, on-campus housing is not available for students over the age of 22. However, off-campus housing listings are available in our Residence Life Office.

Q. Is there financial assistance for adult students?

A. Yes. Financial Aid is available to a matriculated student in a degree program or certificate program. Students must be enrolled in at least six credits and require financial assistance to meet the total expense of Marist College. Students should apply for this assistance while applying for admission.

Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Marist College school code is 002765. If you do not have FAFSA ID, apply for one, here. You will need an ID to electronically sign your FAFSA.

For additional information contact the Office of Student Financial Services. From their website, you can download the latest version of Marist's Adult Affordability Guide for students which provides useful information about financial aid, grants, scholarships, loan programs, and corporate partnerships. 

Q. Are there scholarships available for adult students?

Yes.  Academic Scholarships are awarded upon acceptance.

Adult Learner Grant - Awarded upon acceptance to Marist to adult students enrolling full or part-time (at least 9 credits) at the Poughkeepsie campus.  Awards range from $750 - $1500 per semester.

The Marist Scholarship for Academic Excellence - Awarded upon acceptance to Marist to adult transfer students enrolling full-time (12 credits or more).  Students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and 60 transferable credits.  Awards may be upwards of $2500 per semester.

Endowed Scholarships - Through the generosity of trustees, alumni, parents, and friends of the College, a number of endowed scholarships have been established at Marist. The endowed scholarship awards range from $500 to $3,000.  More information on endowed scholarships can be found through Student Financial Services.

Anthony Kondysar Scholarship - Named in honor of one of Marist's most loyal graduates, who was an adult student himself and a well-respected businessman in his industry and community, the Anthony J. Kondysar '69 Memorial Scholarship for Adult Students is awarded to adult undergraduate students who share Tony Kondysar's determination to achieve a bachelor's degree, but need financial assistance to complete their education. Candidates must have documented financial need and should submit an application, including a brief letter about their goals, to the Office of Student Financial Services. Priority is given to students who have a minimum of 60 credits and show a strong commitment to completing their degrees within three to five years. The scholarship may be renewed, as long as a recipient continues to meet these criteria and remains in good academic standing. Each spring, the College offices responsible for admitting adult undergraduates and administering financial aid to adult students will confer as to the priority for awards in the coming year.

Harold and Anne Miller Scholarship - Named for lifelong Poughkeepsie residents with a deep commitment to helping adults improve their lives through education, Harold and Anne Miller Scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in Marist's adult undergraduate program. Applicants must have a strong commitment to completing their degrees within three to five years. Candidates must have documented financial need and have completed a minimum of 60 credits toward a bachelor's degree. Preference is given to full-time students but part-time students are eligible. Scholarship awards may be renewed as long as the recipients continue to meet these criteria and remain in good academic standing.

Marguerite Feinstein Scholarship - Established in memory of Marguerite Feinstein, a labor union leader in the State of New York who earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Marist College, the Marguerite Feinstein '74 Memorial Scholarship provides assistance to a working mother enrolled as an adult undergraduate student. Financial need is a criterion, and the award is made by recommendation of Student Financial Services after the review of applications.

* More information on these and additional scholarship opportunities can be found through Student Financial Services.