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Learning and Education at 50+

Older learners are education leaders in their families and communities and play a role in improving college attainment rates and reducing educational disparities. When an older adult earns a degree, it raises the likelihood that younger family members will, too. About 45 million Americans have college credit but no degree. Caregiving responsibilities, the debt burden needed to cover the growing cost of education, and difficulty obtaining credit for prior learning keep many from graduating. 

Lifelong Learning and Education


Learning is a lifelong endeavor, and for many adults ages 50 and older, it is an important part of how they choose to age. But finding access to affordable learning opportunities can be challenging. That’s why AARP is committed to helping older learners access lifelong learning resources and information. For example, AARP Skills Builder for WorkSM helps you gain in-demand skills that could give you an edge in today’s competitive job market. Senior Planet from AARP – OATS offers a wide range of free virtual classes each week, with local Senior Planet centers designed as technology-themed community spaces for older adults in many locations across the US. In addition, AARP has partnered with Savi to offer a student loan repayment tool that can help you explore eligibilty for national and state repayment and forgiveness programs.

50+ Learners: The Issue