Students, who return to the same school for the purpose of higher education, might still have to apply for the financial aid. They have to show their needs just like a freshman, and the aid would be given in a similar fashion.
What is the difference?
If, a student returns after employment – he/she can easily argue with the Financial Admissions officer that he/she has not earned enough money in his/her short tenure in the job. Hence, he deserves a better offer. The older students will be independent by now, and have added advantages.
What should be the strategy of an older student?