Going Back to School: A Guide for Adults – You may think that because you didn’t hop straight to the college scene the first Fall semester after high school graduation that it’s too late to go back to school.
No matter what your age, what field your current career is in, or if you have a family or not, going back to school could be the one thing that can get your career up a few more rungs on the corporate ladder, or may even give you the tools you need to go into business for yourself and leave the corporate world in the dust.
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Find Financial Aide.
If you haven’t done so already, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA. Most schools require this to be admitted and it doesn’t hurt to see if you qualify for government assistance.
You can also search the web for scholarships, or even ask the Human Resources Department at your place of employment to see if they offer tuition assistance or reimbursement.
All of these are excellent ways to find free help to pay for school. If you still need extra help to cover the added expenses of going back to school, low-interest student loans maybe your best option.
Choose A Field of Study.
What you study depends on many factors, just one of which is where you want to go in life. If you want to advance in your current field, then choose something related.
If you’d like to go into business for yourself, then choose something in the fields of business or human resources. For some, going back to school is a way to rekindle lost passions, like English or Art.
Find A School.
Finding a school may be easy for you if there aren’t many schools near you. If there are more than one, consider making an appointment with an admissions advisor at each school to go over what each has to offer you.
For online colleges, many admissions representatives are ready and willing to give you the low-down on what their college can offer. Make sure to choose a school that fits your needs and wants.
Apply For Your Chosen School.
Applying for a school has never been easier with the popularity of the internet. Make sure you understand any application fees and what they are used for and be sure to apply for financial aid at the same time so they know you are interested and you’ve already filled out your FAFSA.
Earn Your Certificate or Degree.
Going back to school is hard work, especially for those juggling careers and families, but it’s worth it in the long run if you can just hang in there.
Once you have the proof of your education in your hand, your dreams can skyrocket, your career can leap farther than you thought possible, and you will know that you worked hard to achieve something you didn’t think was possible.
With a little bit of how-to knowledge about where to start, you can go back to school to get the degree you always dreamed of having. Why not start now?