Western Carolina offers reduced-cost study to those 65 or older

CULLOWHEE – Western North Carolina residents age 65 and older are eligible to study at Western Carolina University through a tuition-waiver program that cuts the cost of getting back into the classroom for selected older adults by about 45 percent for a three credit-hour course.

Western participates in a University of North Carolina system program that allows eligible legal residents to enroll in university classes on a tuition-free basis. Senior citizens interested in taking advantage of the tuition-free classes would be responsible for paying other required fees, and must meet all applicable admission requirements.

“Western North Carolina is well-known as a popular destination for retirees, and the population of that age group is expected to increase dramatically in the coming years,” said Robert Vartabedian, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs at Western.

“With the university’s on-going focus on promoting healthy lifestyles and wellness for senior citizens, it makes good sense to let this growing segment of the population know about the opportunity for lifelong learning,” Vartabedian said.

Permission to attend classes tuition free is granted only if space is available.

The UNC system also has a tuition waiver program for selected family members of emergency workers who are killed or totally disabled in the line of duty or while training for service.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (828) 227-7317 or tollfree (877) WCU-4YOU.