Span Plan Nontraditional Student Services

Delayed Enrollment

We are excited for you to fulfill your academic goals after a 2+ year delayed enrollment after high school. Whether two or twenty years since your last enrollment, Span Plan is here to support you on your journey and introduce you to a community of your peers. Be ready to learn, grow, and succeed in your new college student role!

Getting Started

All paths begin with undergraduate admissions, where you will be able to explore all that Purdue University has to offer.

If you have been out of high school for at least five years and your high school record is missing either Purdue's high school course requirements or grades, you are encouraged to review Purdue's community college roadmap to help you prepare to apply as a transfer student.



Span Plan offers several academic scholarships for nontraditional undergraduate students as well as a childcare scholarship for our parenting students. The Span Plan Academic Scholarship application is due July 1 each year and the Childcare Assistance Scholarship is available each semester for our Span Plan students.

Indiana residents are encouraged to review their eligibility for the state's Adult Student Grant. If not an Indiana resident, please check with your state to determine if any grants exist that may be used for education outside of your state.

Looking for more scholarship resources? Scholarship Universe is Purdue’s resource for many departmental scholarships as well as outside scholarships. Additionally, check out our resource page to find more scholarship opportunities for nontraditional students!

Selecting a Major

Not sure about the major you would like to declare? The following steps may help you to narrow your ideas, or come in and speak to a staff member in Span Plan and we would be happy to talk through your ideas and brainstorm options. Here are some questions to ask yourself to get started:

  • Thinking about your previous or current work - what really made you excited about your job? Was it the people or maybe the hands-on experience of an office, solving problems, leading a group, or any other aspect of the position that gave you a jolt of energy?
  • Conversely, what about your time in the workforce did you not enjoy? What are the things you would rather stay away from?
  • Think big about your ideal work environment and the job duties. Make note of how they intersect with any previous job experiences.
  • Whether in high school or college, are there classes you've enjoyed taking? Subjects you found fascinating and wanted to engage in additional classes? How do these topics link up with your current list? Have you reviewed the course catalog to see if there are majors with those topics?

Really push yourself to think about your likes/dislikes from your experiences and begin exploring different majors or ask our office for some help and guidance. You may also find this tool helpful as you think about your next steps.