Are you an adult considering going back to school? Obtaining an higher education can be daunting for many reasons – but it’s mostly the financial factors that are the scariest.
There are many questions you should ask yourself before starting out on the education pathway of returning the school, but here are the most important:
1) Why are you thinking of going back to school? You could be trying to obtain a degree for a better job and better income. Or you could be bored and looking for a way out of your current situation. You could also be retired and looking for something new or the thrill of something you’ve always wanted but never had the time to do. Now is your chance to figure out what you want to do with your education!
2) What do you want to accomplish? If you’re looking to get your GED, your motive and goal are both pretty clear. However…. If you’re looking to specialize, your education options are limitless, and you should spend more time targeting yourself and looking through your options before moving forward and getting lost in your endeavors. It will save you time in the long run and make your transition easier.
3) Is it the right time in your life? Are you going to have enough time for family and work, or to simply enjoy your life? You will need to think of the things you will need to give up for education. Figure out how to manage your stress and balance your life in a positive way.
4) Is the right school available/within reach? Make sure your school is accredited and that you can get in. Don’t get too ahead of yourself and receive financial aid if you aren’t eligible to get into the school of your choice. Applying to multiple schools is a smart method to keep your education options open.
5) Do you have the support you need?
Remember that adults learn differently than teens do. You will need people in your life to act as your cheerleaders, perhaps helping with childcare or stress management. If you’re employed, you will need to make sure your employer will allow you the time you’ll need to read, study, and attend class. Surround yourself with positivism!!
6) Can you afford to go back to school?
Education is expensive, but there’s help out there! Research financial aid — find out how much money you will need beforehand; THEN research how to get it, which will eliminate extra, unnecessary debts incurred by asking for more than you will really need.
If you’re employed, your company may even offer tuition reimbursement. They benefit, too! You get a higher education and a better job, but THEY get a smarter, more advanced employee. It’s a win-win.
7) Can you afford NOT to go to school? Here are some statistics: a 25-year-old male with a bachelor’s degree earns a median income more than $22,000 higher than one with a high-school diploma.
Each degree you earn increases your opportunities for higher income.
(Returning to school and finishing can improve your lifestyle and pave your way toward a better job and better income, but deciding and making sure this is right for you can be tough — there are options out there and ways to make sure you get everything you need to succeed!)
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