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Nontraditional College Students’ Needs of Counseling
This study identified the central concept of recognizing/using resources interacting with five themes: (a) academic work, (b) financial issues, (c) career development, (d) life transition, and (e) family/social support system. Most nontraditional students suggested that counseling centers would help them recognize/use resources in life, work, and support systems to deal with the multiple stressors in their academic and personal lives. Besides academic work, nontraditional college students face financial issues, jobs after education, the life transition of returning to school, and less time with family/friends. This study suggests that counseling centers should provide nontraditional students with academic assistance, personal counseling, and vocational counseling to meet their needs.