Is 24 considered traditional college aged

I was wondering, is it?

FAFSA considers students age 24 and up to be independent of parents for federal financial aid purposes, so that is one possible way to consider age 24 as the start of non-traditional age college students. However, specific colleges and others may choose to use different definitions, if it is relevant to them.


Why are you asking. You were a college senior in 2020 according to your past posts.

To answer your question……generally “no”.

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Reed College says this on the topic:

Transfer and Non-Traditional Students - Student Life - Reed College.

Traditional undergrads are ~18-22. Some students take a gap year and/or take 5 years to graduate so the range can vary a little, but students who start their bachelor’s at 24 would be considered nontraditional. Grad students are generally 23 or older though, so if you’re a 24-year-old grad student that’s probably pretty typical.

I suspect your current question was answered among these thread topics (I have provided just a sampling) that you previously started. I would strongly encourage you to seek in person mental health support. You appear to have an unhealthy obsession with age and relationships and need some professional support. Good luck getting healthy!!


Aren’t you now in your second year of a Masters degree? You’re post-grad, and as you noted in another post, you attend classes alongside much older students and PhD students.

I attended college as a commuter. I was 24 when I graduated and wasn’t an outlier. It doesn’t matter if you graduate when you’re 24 or 34. My neighbor, in her 50’s with four grown kids, completed her BS three years ago so she could get back in the job market.

As noted above, you’ve posted many times about your various concerns with college and the experiences you think you should be having. You’ve been posting since 2015 that you feel your youth is slipping away. Why not look forward, instead of dwelling on the past? By focusing so much on what you feel you’ve lost, you’re diminishing the good experiences you can have as you move ahead.

It’s probably a good idea to discuss these ideas with a therapist or counselor, as the scope of what troubles you is beyond the skills of strangers on CC. See your doctor and ask if they can help point you in the right direction. As there isn’t more to say on this topic, I’m closing. I wish you well.