It's never too late to go back to school.
March 31, 2011
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Many parents are helping their teens map out their future goals and education plans. Why aren’t more parents thinking about their own future and education plans? It’s never too late to go back to school if you really want to continue your education. There are a number of people, well into their retirement years, going back to high school and college. If you have been thinking about hitting the books again here are some excuses you should stop using.
Excuse #1) I have no time because I work during the day.
Resolution: There are many programs set up that you can take classes at night or even online.
Excuse #2) I don’t want to be that old guy or girl in class.
Resolution: It’s time to drop the insecurities! You can take online classes or if you walk into the class and you’re older than the instructor, so what! Maybe you’ll inspire a younger classmate to stay in school.
Excuse #3) I can’t afford college.
Resolution: Financial stress can be a problem but there are many scholarships just for older students. Student aid is also available but you’ll have to do some investigating and don’t be afraid to work with a financial aid office for help as they really are the experts. There are some employers out there that do provide tuition assistance, so check with your HR department as well. You can also look into taking courses at a slower pace by just taking a class or two each semester so you’ll have time to save up money and be able to just pay cash for the college credits and text books. Some of the benefits of going back to school can come around tax time too as you can generally use some of your expenses as deductions.
If you have the desire and passion to hit the books again, be proud to be called a non-traditional student, you could soon be hearing that familiar graduation march.