We work with many clients who did not complete a college degree. For many, the plan was to work and earn enough money to return later to complete the degree. Last week, a client called me and said she was haunted by her lack of a degree and decided to take action. At the age of 34, she decided it was time to go back to college. She chose an online college. Her situation is more common than you think. Many Americans drop out of college as a young adult for financial reasons or perhaps the commitment was too strenuous at that young age.
Completing your college degree can be transformative. College graduates have more professional opportunities and earn higher salaries. Your college education will likely be your biggest one-time investment, perhaps only secondary to a home purchase. This financial investment will produce a lasting benefit for most. If you are ready to return to college and complete your degree, seek counsel and find a way to make it happen. Your college financial aid staff can identify cost-cutting methods, sources of funding, government programs, and ways to earn additional income.
Earning your degree is not easy. If it were, everyone would have a degree. Access study groups, tutoring programs, and office hours with the lab assistant or professor. As an adult returning to school, take advantage of support from family and friends, especially if you have young children at home. Perhaps you can take turns with a friend, watching each other’s children so you can have quality study time. Build a strong support system for success. Also, consider colleges that support the unique needs of adults in your situation. Colleges, such as National University, have programs suited for full-time workers.
If you have aspirations to return to college, create a plan to make it a reality.