Like many other colleges in the United States, Mt. Hood Community College in Portland, Oregon, allows senior citizens to audit college courses for free. MHCC is located just outside Portland at 26000 SE Stark, Gresham, Oregon, 97030, and Registration can be reached at 503-491-6422.
The audit designation does not provide college credit, or a grade, typically the criteria required of degree-seeking students. However, for senior citizens or lifelong learners, auditing a course at their local community college is a great fit. Courses range from Survey of World Literature, Theater and the Performing Arts, Philosophy and Political Science.
To audit a class at MHCC, seniors must be at least 65 years old or better, be an Oregon resident, and must fill out and turn in the MHCC Senior Tuition Waver. Don’t worry if you’re a procrastinator since MHCC Registration accepts Senior Tuition Waivers up to two weeks into the each term. Acceptance is based upon the available seats in the class, and instructor permission, which is usually generously provided.
Auditing, however, is not entirely 100% free. At MHCC auditing students must still pay a $25.00 college service fee, and any related class fees or technical activity/lab fees that may apply, around ten to thirty dollars, depending on the course. For example, an art course may require thirty dollars for art supplies, while a math course may require ten dollars for pencils and a protractor.
Still, for lifelong learners, and seniors looking to escape their routine, (code for the spouse), a few hours a week spent auditing a college course may be just the ticket. At the very least, think of all the hip new language you can use to impress your grandkids.
To download a Senior Tuition Waver go to the MHCC website: http://www.mhcc.edu/ and type Senior Tuition Waiver in the search box, and click go!