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Tips for Returning and Non-Traditional Students

Last updated 2 years ago

Whether it is your first time in a classroom after years of being in the workforce, or you’ve decided to come back to college to complete your degree, non-traditional students face similar challenges to those fresh out of high school. At Chattahoochee Technical College, we serve all of our students by providing a variety of resources to help make reaching one’s educational goals a success.

First Steps

After completing your Application for Admissions, you’ll need to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Although the deadline is still months away, submitting the form early can allow for more processing time by the financial aid office. The 2015-2016 FAFSA becomes effective for fall semester 2015. While the FAFSA takes a few minutes to fill out, having your most recent tax return nearby will save time and frustration.

While it is not mandatory, CTC recommends all first-time students and students returning from an extended break meet with an academic advisor. Before registering for classes, many returning students and most first-time students will be required to take the COMPASS Assessment test to determine which math and English courses they are able to take. For more information on getting started on the right foot, take a look at Swoop’s Student Success Guide

Academic Goals and Campus Involvement

Once the semester begins, engage in activities to help reach your educational goals, such as participating in group study sessions or visiting one of CTC’s Academic Success Centers. Students can find a myriad of resources to help them stay on track and maintain a proper balance for their academic pursuits by visiting

Becoming involved with athletic teams and clubs on campus is a great way to feel more connected to other students and to the school itself. College and on-campus activities are enrichment opportunities that facilitate personal growth and leadership skills. Look for activities that suit your interests and further your career goals.

If you’re interested in starting a new career or going back to finishing your degree, Chattahoochee Tech can help. For more information, visit or call 678-384-4958.


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