Adult Learner

Adult Learner

A college education opens doors - for you and your life. It can mean new skills, a better job, a career, a promotion, a higher salary, a way to pursue areas of interest and an opportunity to challenge your mind. Mid-State Technical College can help you succeed as you begin or continue a college education. And you're not alone--over 30% of MSTC students are returning adults.

MSTC makes it easier to fit college into your life.

With flexible course scheduling and convenient campus locations, you can take the classes you want without excessive time commitments that interfere with your other responsibilities. Small classes, personalized attention, and instructors with first-hand, real world experience make coursework interesting, relevant, and understandable.

Free tutoring will help you catch up with basic study skills, as well as understand the new material you are learning. Excellent student services - such as academic advising, financial aid, a free adult career awareness and assessment class, career placement, and assistance with disabilities - assure you the help you need to succeed every step of the way.


What is an adult learner?

Adult learners are generally age 25 or over and are returning to college in record numbers to update professional skills and further career advancement. Some may have never attended college. Others started college and then stopped. Whatever your reason, MSTC has great support services available to guide you through this process.

Why should I go to college?

Millions of adult students successfully return to college to obtain a degree. Reasons to return vary from entering the workforce after years of absence, strengthening job skills, or changing careers entirely. Still others are simply fulfilling a personal goal. Whatever the reasons, they are adults, just like you, who have made the decision to improve their lives and move ahead.

What type of degrees does MSTC have?

MSTC offers 100+ career programs and certificates. Or you can start your college education here and transfer MSTC credits toward a bachelor's degree. If a bachelor's degree is your goal, MSTC - with its lower tuition, flexible schedules, convenient locations, small classes, and quality instruction - is the place to start.

Will I be able to afford college?

MSTC will fit into your life financially. They say it takes money to make money. At MSTC, you don't need a lot of money to learn how to make a lot.

College is an investment. But MSTC provides the best college value you'll find. Financial aid programs, grants, loans, scholarships, work-study, tax credits, and federal/state-aid programs to qualified students help cut costs even more. Over 70% of MSTC students receive financial aid assistance.

I'm not sure I qualify for financial aid. Should I still apply?

Yes! Eligibility for financial aid is based on a number of factors. You will need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This information determines the type and amount of financial aid for which you are eligible. Financial aid includes grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study programs to help with educational costs.

Apply online at Use the FAFSA4caster to see how federal student aid can help you pay for college!

Can I attend part-time?

Flexible learning options including flexible course scheduling, online, or in accelerated format are available to students. MSTC works with you to develop an academic plan to fit your life. As you may have realized by now, college isn't just for recent high-school graduates. In fact, 77% of MSTC program students attend part-time.

It's been awhile since I've been in school. Is there help?

Yes! The Learning Commons locations - Adams, Marshfield, Stevens Point, and Wisconsin Rapids - can help you prepare for your future.

All members of the public are welcome to use any of the free Learning Commons services which meet their needs including free assistance to prepare to take the Accuplacer.

Can I earn credit for Prior Learning and Life Experience?

You know more now than you did when you were 18, especially about the work world. At MSTC some of those life's lessons can count toward your degree requirements.

Mid-State Technical College’s Credit for Prior Learning Policy enables students to receive credit for their knowledge and skills gained from experience other than through the course offerings at MSTC and may accelerate the completion of their educational goals.

All students seeking any form of credit for prior learning will begin the process with the Student Services Office. Student Services will refer the student’s request to the appropriate Division Dean.


Reasons Businesses Should Hire an MSTC Graduate

Employer-based program advisory committees
88% of us work in-state following graduation
We are tech savvy
We have the soft skills you desire
We receive skills/insight from industry leaders
You get a high-quality and job-ready employee

Frequently Asked Admissions Questions


Do I need to take an entrance assessment to be admitted to MSTC & my program?

MSTC requires most new students to complete the Accuplacer prior to acceptance into a program.

Do college graduates still need to provide high school transcripts?

Yes, but only if your program requires transcripts.

I applied to MSTC in the past. Do I need to repay my application fee?

The $30 application fee is a one-time fee.

How do I know if I’ve been admitted to a program?

Once you have completed all admissions requirements, you will receive a letter indicating you have been accepted.

If I’ve taken the Accuplacer or ACT in the past, can MSTC use those scores?

Yes. The scores can be used if the test has been taken within the past five years.

Is there an Application for Admission deadline?

MSTC continuously accepts applications for admission.

Do I need to be admitted to a program to take classes at MSTC?

No. Anyone can register for most General Studies classes.

What are official transcripts?

Official transcripts are transcripts with the school's seal sent directly from the school you attended previously.

Is there a fee to take the Accuplacer?

Yes. There is a $20 fee to take the Accuplacer.

How does MSTC tuition compare to tuition for a four-year public university?

On average, an MSTC education costs 45% less than two years at a public university.

When can I take the Accuplacer?

The Accuplacer is offered on a daily basis

Will a GED or HSED be accepted in lieu of a high school diploma?

Yes. Contact the institution that awarded your GED/HSED and have them send your test scores directly to MSTC.

How do I apply to a program?

Click on How to Apply above to get started!

MSTC needs a copy of my transcripts. Can I send a copy of the one I have?

No. MSTC requires all transcripts to be official.