Vol State Offers Senior Citizen College for a Low Cost

Learning isn’t reserved for the young. Many studies have shown that one of the keys to living a healthy and happy life is to keep learning. Volunteer State Community College can help with what is called Senior College. People 65 years and older can take college academic classes for credit or auditing, all for just $70 per semester. That’s a flat rate, no matter how many classes the older student takes. The program has been part of Tennessee law for some time now, but many seniors don’t know about the benefit. 

A full range of college offerings in humanities, business, math and science, social science and education are part of the program. Credit courses mean that seniors participate just like any other college student. Auditing means that seniors attend classes, but don’t participate in assignments or tests. People with a permanent, total disability are also eligible for the program, and at any age.

There must be room in the class requested and approval will need to be given by the division dean. Registration opens on August 15 with a special afternoon sign-up session from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ramer Great Hall at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. However, seniors who can’t make that session can also sign-up starting August 22 through the first week of class at any campus. Classes start August 24. Seniors will be required to fill out an application and pay a $20 application fee. Applicants must be 65 years of age or older and must verify their birth date with their driver’s license or birth certificate. All applicants also must complete and submit to the Office of Admissions the Hepatitis B Immunization Health History form. Applicants are not required to complete the shot series. For more information about Senior College contact the Office of Admissions at 615-230-3688.