University of Delaware

Professional & Continuing Studies

Over-60 Tuition Free Degree

Tuition-free Degree Completion for Delaware Residents Over Age 60

The Over-60 Tuition Free Degree Program reflects the University of Delaware’s effort to encourage adult students to continue their studies on either a part-time or full-time basis. To be eligible for free undergraduate or graduate tuition, Delaware citizens aged 60 or over must apply for admission to the University and be admitted.

  • Registration for classes through the Over-60 Tuition Free Degree Program takes place on a space-available basis.
  • Participants are responsible for buying textbooks and for paying registration fees, and fees for other services such as housing and dining.
  • Students taking classes as Continuing Education students are not eligible.
  • Some UD degree programs may not be available through the Over-60 Tuition Free Degree Program.

Undergraduate Admissions

Application for admission should be made as soon as possible for the upcoming semester, as the admissions process may take six to eight weeks after receipt of all required application materials.

  • For fall admission, May or June would not be too soon to submit your application materials.
  • Those applying for undergraduate admission to the University through the over-60 tuition-free degree program are not required to take SATs.
  • If you have completed any prior college work (anytime, anywhere), request that your official transcript(s) from the institution(s) be sent directly to the undergraduate Admissions Office. If you have no prior college work, a high school record or any available academic background information will be of help when the Admissions Office reviews your application.
  • Applicants to the Over-60 Tuition Free Degree Program should complete and submit the Over-60 Undergraduate Application (online form).

For more information, you are encouraged to contact the ACCESS Center to explore possible majors, seek career and educational advisement, or discuss the undergraduate admission process.

Graduate Admissions

If you are age 60 or older, a Delaware resident and wish to pursue a tuition-free graduate degree, please follow this graduate application process:

  • Obtain information about graduate degree programs by visiting the Office of Graduate and Professional Education online. From here you can fill out an online inquiry form for more details and find the correct contact information. Each graduate department responds to its own inquiries.
  • If you are unsure about which graduate program to pursue, you can make an appointment with an ACCESS counselor to explore possible majors.
  • When you are ready to apply, use the standard graduate application. If accepted, your application fee and tuition bill will be waived but you will be responsible for other fees and costs.