Non-Trad Student Guide


Introduction: A Message from your Non-Traditional Student Representative

"Non-traditional students come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. We are parents, veterans, returning students, commuters, full-time employees, and more. Although non-traditional students are becoming the new-norm on college campuses across the country, most of us would say it is difficult to feel like a member of the campus community. As your Non-Traditional Student Representative, I am determined to make every non-trad student feel included and at home at the University of North Texas. After all, non-trad students possess qualities that college campuses need now more than ever:  resilience, adaptability, stamina, and optimism. Off-Campus Student Services provides non-trad students with resources and opportunities so that you can get the most out of your UNT experience. In these unprecedented times, community could not be more paramount, and we need support now more than ever. I am proud to be apart of our non-trad community and cannot wait to support you!"

OCSS Non-Traditional Student Representative,

You Should Know

UNT has over 4,000 faculty and staff members, hundreds of departments, special facilities, services and events for you. As you get to know your campus, professors and academic advisors, you may also want to take advantage of the many benefits of being a UNT student. READ MORE.

Campus Student Services

UNT is a state-of-the art university. Our campus has all of the modern amenities that you would expect from a prestigious 21st century school. There are many computer access labs, complete library services, and student organizations, including an organization and social groups specifically for non-traditional students. READ MORE.

Navigating UNT Online Systems

As a modern university, UNT is fully integrated online with many classes taught exclusively via the internet, and others in a classroom with supplemental internet instruction. In addition to coursework, most of your student information, including financial information, schedule and registration, and grades are centrally located in an online database. To navigate the UNT online system, students need only general knowledge of the internet and understanding of the tools required to access the UNT online system. READ MORE.

Tips & Tricks

All students entering college go through a period of adjustment. Non-traditional students may face even greater challenges as they strive to balance work and family with the new responsibilities of school. You may lack confidence or feel a certain degree of disorientation. You may have doubts about your own ability to do the work. There are many issues a non-trad may have to overcome to be successful in college, but with a positive attitude and motivation, you will accomplish your goals. READ MORE.

How To Videos

Check out some helpful videos for our visual learners. VIDEOS.

Scholarship Information

There are many grants and scholarships specifically for non-traditional students. While the scholarships listed here are solely for non-traditional students, most scholarships are not restricted because of age, marital status, family situation or prior education. Non-traditional students are fully eligible for Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, and any other federal and state financial aid program. These grants are accessed by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at For more information about scholarships and financial aid, and for a full list of scholarships available, go to Also, apply for the scholarships available within the College of your declared major, which are typically listed by each department online. READ MORE.


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