• Scholarships help hairstylist finish her degree faster

    Kristen Broyles's goal is to own a hair salon and freelance hair-styling business. A hairdresser in downtown Chicago, Kristen was able to earn scholarships each semester, and that support enabled her to take and complete classes significantly faster.
  • Why Go Back to College?

    Education has mattered enormously during this recent recessionary period, in terms of helping individuals to avoid unemployment and garner higher wages. Those with only a high school education have continued to lose jobs throughout the entire recession, and their wages have slid lower. An associate’s degree improves prospects. A bachelor’s degree improves wages and employment even more.
  • Working mother proves it’s never too late to complete your degree

    After getting married and having a child, Gazala Momin put aside her studies to raise her son and work part-time while her husband finished college and went to medical school. A few years ago, she decided it was time to return to college—and she recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in management and a certificate in paralegal studies.
  • Prior Learning Assessment

    Credit for on-the-job experience

    Erik Padilla earned his degree at Loyola one year earlier, thanks to credit for on the job learning.
  • Alumni Profile

    A school for second chances

    After high school, Vickie Henson struggled to keep up with studies in her early college years. She later went back to school and completed her degree as an adult student at Loyola. "I do not know where I would be today if it were not for the second chance afforded me in my formidable years as a young adult."
  • 100 Years of Continuing Education

    June 28: Centennial Celebration

    On June 28, we are going to pay tribute to this great tradition of adult education with a day of reflection and celebration. The School of Continuing and Professional Studies carries on a long tradition of unwavering support for working adults who wish to advance their education in the Jesuit tradition. From the early days of University College, through Mundelein College, to today’s SCPS, Loyola has accomplished their mission by providing a transformative education which guides adult students to a future of leadership, career success and a meaningful life.
  • GI Bill

    Iraq veteran starts new career with Loyola degree

    After speaking to other Veterans, I was told Loyola was one of the universities that offered the most help and fostered an environment that allowed a smoother transition to school and civilian life. SCPS provides advisors that can help the Veteran choose a degree plan that provides an optimal opportunity for success at Loyola and toward an actual career.
  • Outlining the Importance of Liberal Arts for Adults

    More than 75 percent of employers said they wanted more emphasis on areas including critical thinking, complex problem solving, written and oral communication and applied knowledge in real-world settings. A clear argument can be made that these outcomes are developed in the encounter with liberal education that will be found in a university’s core or general education courses.
  • Take Your First Course on Full-Scholarship!

    Interested in degree completion? Your first course, Introduction to Degree Completion, with Loyola SCPS is paid for by a full-scholarship. This 8-week course is designed to set you up for success as a working adults restarting your education.
  • SCPS Scholarships: Tips for Success

    What is the most important piece in a scholarship application? Your transcript and GPA say a lot about you as a student. Your background and job history say a lot about you as a professional. But everyone is more than just who they are at work and, who they are at school.
  • Gifts in Action: Dominique Merritt’s Story

    New alumnus Dominique Merritt (BA ’10) is a typical graduate of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies—meaning that he’s anything but typical. The Baltimore native took some time off after high school before deciding to continue his education. “I had to choose a school that would allow me to attend full time, while also working full time—in addition to being affordable,” he says. By receiving the Loretta M. Schmidt Scholarship and eight other scholarships during his time at Loyola, he was able to balance school work with his job as a Human Resource Consultant.
  • SCPS renews Honor Society membership, presents scholarship opportunity

    Alpha Sigma Lambda, a national society of adult learners that Loyola SCSP is a part of, offers a total of 10 scholarship awards of $2200 for the academic year. Between this and our multiple department scholarships, the Osher grant, and the Cooke Foundation, our BA students have decent odds on landing financial support every semester.
  • Water Tower Campus Gems

    Loyola’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies office is located at the downtown, Water Tower Campus (WTC). Many of our evening courses are also scheduled here at the WTC. Here are some great places to check out before class or if you ever come down to the campus for a visit.
  • Looking for more in a job search? Get networked!

    SCPS knows that not all of our students can fit their Loyola schedule into “normal” business hours, and we work hard to find ways around the unique challenges presented to adult students. One no-brainer would be to bring some of those great LUC services directly to our students, which is why we threw a Networking Tips night co-hosted by Career Services earlier this semester.
  • Scholarships off the beaten path

    While I was reading the program for the morning, a list of “general” scholarships caught my eye. SCPS students are always asking about additional funding sources to help pay for their tuition, and with good reason. Tuition is expensive, and there are funds out there!
  • Illinois Articulation Initiative Agreement Makes SCPS More Transfer Friendly

    There was more good news than usual this fall for students admitted Fall 2013 with prior college credit looking to apply to any of Loyola’s degree programs as the University became a signatory to the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI). According to the IAI, all universities and colleges agreeing to participate in the initiative agree to accept a package of credits in completed Associates degrees.
  • Your First Course is on Full-Scholarship!

    Loyola SCPS offers a full scholarship for the Introduction to Degree Completion course that serves as an orientation for newly admitted adult students as they return to college to complete their degree. This course, which counts for 3 credit hours, covers Loyola's online academic systems, techniques for effective academic writing, and getting the most out of resources available in SCPS.