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Senior Learners Program

Did you know that you can take college courses for the sheer enjoyment of learning?

The Senior Learners Program is for lifelong learners age 62 and older.

There are two options.

  1. For non-degree credit, you can audit courses of special interest and enjoy library privileges for a small fee, plus parking fees. Senior learners are also responsible for all course-related fees, including online fees. Specific mandatory fee amounts for the Senior Learners Program can be found by visiting the Tuition and Payments site and clicking on the semester of interest.The non-degree credit program does not offer academic credit and does not require graded tests or papers.
    To apply, contact the Office of Admissions.
    To register, contact the Office of Records and Registration.
  2. For degree credit, the Illinois Senior Citizen Courses Act (110 ILCS 990) permits Illinois senior citizens, over the age of 65, to enroll in regularly scheduled credit courses at UIS without the payment of tuition. This program allows you to earn undergraduate or graduate credit by paying only UIS fees; tuition is waived. You must be admitted as a degree seeking student to UIS and your annual household income must be below the threshold amount as indicated in the Illinois Cares Rx BASIC program. You must meet regular class expectations to earn academic credit.The degree credit program must be arranged through the Office of Financial Assistance.