Active Adults Continue Their Education Online

With online programs, students can fulfill the requirements of their chosen degree from the comforts of their own homes.


Baby Boomers Heading back to school
With online programs, students can fulfill the requirements of their chosen degree from the comforts of their own homes.

For many active adults, lifelong learning is a concept that helps them stay vital and active. There are many ways to pursue lifelong learning, such as lecture series or special interest classes. Yet, some active adults are taking their love of learning further by earning college degrees, and it is becoming increasing popular to earn those degrees online.

Active Adults Can Earn Degrees Online

Whether completing an undergraduate degree or pursuing an advanced degree, active adults recognize the convenience and flexibility of online college programs. With online programs, students can fulfill the requirements of their chosen degrees from the comfort of their own home. They can pursue a course of study that may not be available at a local university, and they have more flexibility when it comes to learning at their own pace.

Active adults have gathered valuable life experience over the years, yet their experiences are not always reflected in the degrees they hold. By going back to college online, active adults can expand on the skills they have acquired through living and walk away with a degree that can help them get ahead in their careers or transition to an entirely new field.

Is Online Education Right for You?

While online college degree programs are a convenient option for many people, they are not the best fit for everyone. Active adults who are considering going back to school can use learning assessment tools to help them understand their own personal approach to learning. There are many learning assessment tools available online or through local college counselors.

Some active adults are concerned about the technology skills or equipment needed to complete an online college degree. However, many online colleges offer classes and tutorials to help new students gain the necessary skills to complete their courses of study. The best approach is to ask questions about the class process while assessing each online program. Ask specific questions about communication with the teachers and if there will be any interaction with other students, such as through email, online chat rooms, or video conferences.

Many colleges, including both online and local programs, offer special services to non-traditional students. Admissions counselors and financial aid advisors understand the needs of older students. They are prepared to answer prospective students’ questions and address specific concerns.

Active adults who long to take their careers to the next level or transition into an entirely new field can often benefit from earning a college degree. Online degree programs allow active adult students the flexibility to choose the course that best fits their needs, regardless of where they actually live, and to earn a degree that reflects their acquired life experience. When considering going back to school, do not overlook the benefits of online learning.

Can you spot the $207,744 difference between these identical homes?

Financing is the difference!

Get the details in The 62+ Loan Homebuyers Guide.

55places Mortgage is a joint venture between Mutual of Omaha Mortgage and
Details here.

We're here to help! (800) 928-2055

Call us to speak with a customer service representative.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Get Weekly Updates

I agree that 55places and its affiliates, partner providers or agents may call, text, or email me about my inquiry, which may be made with automated means. I understand that my consent is not a prerequisite for buying a property. I may revoke my consent at any time by contacting Message/data rates may apply. I also agree to’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

The Best Places to Snowbird in 2021

We’ve gathered 25 of the best places for snowbirds, including cities in Florida, Arizona, California, Texas, South Carolina, and Nevada. For each entry, we’ve also provided a list of recommended 55+ communities in the area. If you’re ready to find your own winter retreat this season, here are some of the best places to consider.

Retired woman enjoys swimming in her active adult community.

Your Guide To Exploring Types of Active Adult Communities

If you’re considering downsizing and upgrading to a more carefree lifestyle, you may be surprised to find how many types of active adult communities there are. Explore the right active adult communities for you with our guide.

A boat pier at sunrise in Lake Placid, Florida.

Lake Placid Living: A Look at 55+ Communities in This Central Florida Gem

8 minute read Located in the heart of Central Florida, Lake Placid offers the best qualities of small-town America. Surrounded by scenic lakes, nature preserves, and cultural attractions, the “Town of Murals” is perfect for active adults. With two 55+ communities in Lake Placid—Covered Bridge and Tomoka Heights—the area’s affordability makes it an appealing option

Relaxed 55+ adults camping with friends and drinking a cup of coffee while enjoying retirement.

How to Choose the Right Retirement Community for You

Choosing the right retirement community is an important decision. There are questions you should ask yourself when considering an active adult community. These are some of the most important questions to ask yourself when choosing the retirement community for you, as well as some active adult communities to consider.

About 55places

We’re changing the way people 55 and older are searching for their perfect next place. With a national network of hand-selected real estate experts, plus comprehensive information, unbiased content, and on-the-go insight about thousands of communities across the country, we’re a trusted resource paving the way from here to home. Whether you’re interested in a low-maintenance single-level residence, an active lifestyle or age-qualified community, an intimate enclave, or anything in between, we can help you make your next move the best one yet.

Scroll to Top