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Whether continuing your education, completing a degree or simply seeking resources in the community, sometimes the most difficult part is accessing local resources. We've compiled a list of resources to help you get started. Check back often to see the most comprehensive list of resources available.  If you have additional information that would benefit the Plus 50 community, let us know.

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Financial Aid and Scholarships


FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Federal Student Aid – Information about types of Federal Student Aid and requirements.

Financial Aid Toolkit - This helpful toolkit provides federal student aid information, as well as outreach tools for counselors, college access professionals, nonprofit mentors and others. The toolkit is produced by Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education. A search for toolkit resources for “adult students” yields 67 results offering basic information on topics like how to apply for federal financial aid and choosing a career.

Stafford Loans - Federal Stafford Loans are a form of federal student loans for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in college at least half time. Stafford Loans carry a fixed interest rate, and are typically the most affordable type of student loans.

WIA/TAA Training Funds - Several training programs are available through Missouri Career Centers to assist job seekers gain the skills needed to get a job or start a new career. These training programs can help eligible job seekers who have been laid off, by providing funds to train at a college, university, or other educational facility. Some of these funding sources include Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs.

Veteran’s Benefits for Education and Training

Veteran’s Benefits at St. Louis Community College

Sallie Mae - Career Training Smart Option Student Loan - If you're a qualifying student who's attending a non-degree-granting institution for career training, our Career Training Smart Option Student Loan® can help finance your education with competitive interest rates and a choice of repayment plans.

Walmart Associate Scholarships - These scholarships are available to people who work full or part time with any division of Walmart for at least 6 months. Applications are accepted four times per year.

Wells Fargo Student Loan for Career and Community Colleges - A Wells Fargo Student Loan for Career and Community Colleges is designed for students attending a two-year school, career-training program, or non-traditional school.

Fifth Third Smart Option Student Loan® - The Fifth Third Smart Option Student Loan is an ideal solution for undergraduate or graduate students who are attending school full time, part-time, or less than half time and still need funds after exploring scholarships, grants, and federal loans.

St. Louis Community Credit Union Personal Loans- We also make Personal Loans available for your borrowing needs (for up to 60 months). We can loan you money for new appliances or furniture, a vacation, bills, a personal computer or anything else life throws your way.

FastWeb.com - Search for scholarships for college and workforce training.

Finaid.org – Scholarship and loan search powered by Monster.com.

Non-Traditional Student Scholarship-American Legion Auxiliary -Applicants for this scholarship must be members of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, or Sons of the American Legion. Scholarship recipients are non-traditional students returning to the classroom after their formal education was interrupted, or a non-traditional student who is just beginning his/her education at a later point in life. This scholarship is typically around $2,000 and applications are typically due by March 1.

Jeanette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund - Applicants for this scholarship must be at least age 35 or older, low-income and a permanent U.S. citizen or resident. Applications must be postmarked by March 1. Scholarships will be distributed in the fall semester.

IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education - This publication explains tax benefits that may be available to you if you are saving for or paying education costs for yourself or, in many cases, another student who is a member of your immediate family. Most benefits apply only to higher education.

Career Sites

CareerOneStop.org – National search sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor.  Has links to state job banks.

Missouri Career Center– state job bank, employment resources, funding for education opportunities.

Employment and Training Administration - The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) administers federal government job training and worker dislocation programs, federal grants to states for public employment service programs, and unemployment insurance benefits.

CareerBuilder.com – job search site

Monster.com- Find the job that's right for you. Use Monster's resources to create a killer resume, search for jobs, prepare for interviews, and launch your career.

Retired Brains – A resource for preparing for retirement, retirement jobs, senior living, travel, discounts and other important info for boomers and seniors.

Retirementjobs.com - Jobs after Retirement. Full & Part time jobs from age-friendly employers. For planning retirement, a career change or to supplement  retirement income.

AARPWorksearch.org- The AARP Foundation provides a step-by-step process to help you manage a successful job search.

Encore Career Finder - Finding the perfect Encore Career can be difficult, but searching for encore opportunities just got easier. Our Encore Career Finder scours more than five million listings to find jobs in nonprofit, environmental, health, education, social service and governmental organizations.

Workforce 50- Jobs for older workers, resources for mid life career change.

Seniors 4 Hire - Seniors4Hire.org is a nationwide online Career Center for businesses that value a diverse workforce to actively recruit folks in the U.S. 50 and older including retirees and senior citizens looking for a job and/or other ways to earn money.

Non Profits and Volunteer Opportunities

Idealist.org - A resource for opportunities that create a social impact whether through volunteering,  nonprofit jobs, internships, or organizations working to change the world.

Common Good Careers - Commongood Careers is a nonprofit executive search firm supporting the hiring needs of the nation's leading nonprofits and social innovators.

Bridgestar - Bridgestar is dedicated to advancing your career and involvement in the nonprofit sector. Below are several resources to help you find your next opportunity.

The Rome Group - Helping nonprofit organizations be more effective in their work is what we’re all about.  We also provide a job listing that is free to job seekers in the nonprofit sector.

Volunteermatch.org - VolunteerMatch provides volunteer information and listings in your local community.

Volunteer.gov - Portal for Volunteer.gov. This is a United States Federal Government portal which lists volunteer opportunities on public lands in the United States.

Experiencecorps.org - AARP Experience Corps, a national leader in engaging older adult tutors to improve K-3 student literacy in disadvantaged schools, has joined forces with AARP, the nation’s largest organization for Americans over the age of 50.

Createthegood.org - Create The Good connects you with volunteer opportunities to share your life experiences, skills and passions in your community.

OASIS STL- OASIS works with school districts to pair volunteers with children in grades K-4. Tutors work one-on-one with the children each week.

United Way St. Louis - United Way’s Volunteer Center is our region’s main resource for volunteering. We have a variety of programs, projects and resources to meet your needs. We connect people to quality opportunities to serve, build capacity for local volunteering, raise awareness of the value volunteers bring to our communities and mobilize volunteers to effectively and efficiently meet local needs.

Networking and Information

Encore – Purpose and passion in your second act. Encore.org is building a movement to make it easier for millions of people to pursue second acts for the greater good. We call them "encore careers" – jobs that combine personal meaning, continued income and social impact – in the second half of life. While Encore.org is not a job placement service, it provides free, comprehensive information that helps people transition to jobs in the nonprofit world and the public sector.

LifeReimagined™ - Life Reimagined involves six practices that guide you through change. Think of it as a personalized guidance system. Start where you are in your life, and see where the possibilities lead you.

LinkedIn: World's Largest Professional Network – Online networking site with 300 million+ members. Manage your professional identity. Build and engage with your professional network.  Access knowledge, insights and opportunities.

Don’t Retire Rewire – Jeri Sedlar - The new reality is we’re living longer and healthier lives with less resources than expected.

Idealist Careers – Connecting people to the opportunities, community, and resources they need in order to take action and create a better world. To help spur a global network of doers, Idealist Careers will be a hub of informative and inspirational content that focuses on how people can find, land, and love their social-impact careers

The Transition Network (TTN) - an inclusive community of professional women, 50 and forward, whose changing life situations lead them to seek new connections, resources, and opportunities.

AACC Plus 50 Initiative - You've raised your children and build a life. But, you've got no plans to slow down. What's your next step? Strengthen your current skills or develop new ones? Considering a new career in health care, education of social services?  Now is a great time to train for a field that’s hiring and gives back to the community. Community college can get you ready! You won't be the only plus 50 adult on campus! Many colleges offer programs suited to your needs and schedule.

Strengthsfinder2.0 - Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? Chances are you don't. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.

BoomerPreneurs: How Baby Boomers Can Start Their Own Business, Make Money and Enjoy Life -  Ideal for retirees, soon-to-be retirees, displaced workers, the unretired, and those that always dreamed of having their own businesses

Retirement Business Ideas
Helpful ideas for retirees for generating additional income. Link suggested by the youth at the Brenham Community Center, Brenham, Texas.

Small Business and Franchise Resources

SCORE –St. Louis SCORE offers free business counseling and resources, low-cost workshops, and free business scan services.

SBA – Small Business Administration

STL City Business Assistance Center (BAC)

STL County Business Assistance Center (BAC)

Missouri Business Incubators

NAWBO – National Association of Women Business Owners

International Franchise Association