How To Go Back To College

Be a Comebacker! Follow these important steps to go to and through college!

Are you ready to return to college? Do you need assistance finding a college and program that’s right for you?  Graduate Philadelphia advisors provide guidance on filling out and filing financial assistance forms, getting academic support, navigating your work and family schedules, completing your paperwork, improving your study skills and staying in school.  From the time you decide to return to college all the way until you graduate, we can help!

Our no cost services support adults throughout the region to enroll at any one of our partner colleges, or at any college of your choice. Graduate Philadelphia students receive application fee waivers from partner institutions, and can meet with college advisors onsite at a Graduate Philadelphia location or by email or phone.

The first step is the hardest, but you can do it! We will be there for you every step of the way until you graduate! Start your journey back to and through college with our helpful steps or come visit us.  To register for individual advising services, please click here.  Find out about our colleges and connect to a college advisor by clicking on our partner college logos below.



Ready to get started? Here are some things you can do now to get ready to go back to college.
  • Consider career and education goals by attending a Graduate! Philadelphia college fair
  • Think about how to balance college, work, life, family
  • Review prior credits and certificates
  • Investigate financial aid and employer tuition benefits


You’re getting closer! Gather these important documents to review with your advisor.
  • Apply for federal and state grants and scholarships
  • Request transcripts from all previously attended schools
  • Consider what program mode best fits your needs – online, in-person, accelerated, etc.
  • Bring all of your questions to the meeting with your advisor


Congratulations! You’re headed back to school.
  • Apply to the college that’s right for you (our college partners waive application fees)
  • Review financial aid award package
  • Register for classes
  • Take advantage of on-campus resources – advising, tutoring, career, counseling, etc.


You’re a college student! Keep going…..
  • Establish a relationship with your professors and advisors
  • Remember to keep track of all deadlines
  • Renew annual financial aid applications and scholarship opportunities
  • Check in with your Graduate! Philadelphia advisor for ongoing support and information


Alvernia University
Chestnut Hill College
Community College of Philadelphia
Esperanza College
Lancaster Bible College
Peirce College
Temple University
Thomas Edison State University