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Millions of adults students successfully return to college to obtain a degree. However, they often have numerous responsibilities to consider when making the decision. Responsibilities can include marriage, children, work, community obligations, or care of elderly parents.
Recent statistics from the U. S. Department of Education show that adult students are the fastest growing education demographic, and these numbers are steadily increasing.
- The good news is, going back to college has never been easier.
- Students can now complete their degree program online on the internet or through computer multi-media, broadcast television, or correspondence courses.
- Scholarships aren’t just for young students. Many are available for older students, working moms, and non-traditional students of all kinds.
Life demands different things of us at different stages in our lives. Consider these questions as you weigh the costs vs. the benefits of going back to school:
- Is this a good time for you to go back to school?
- Do you have the time you’ll need to go to class, read, and study?
- Do you know how to manage stress and multi-task?
- Will you still have time to work, to enjoy your family, to live your life?
Employment statistics project that 75% of future positions are expected to require at least some type of certificate of license, and professions that require a bachelor’s degree are projected to grow twice as fast as the national average, making a college degree a good investment.
Yes, it does pay to further one’s education.
According to U. S. census data, people with a bachelor’s degree earned 90 percent more than high school graduates in 2007. On average, college graduates earned $59,365 annually compared with high school graduates who earn $33,609.
Sources: About education; businessmajors.about.com
The Huffington Post, huffingtonpost.com