Going Back to School as an Adult

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If you’ve been thinking about going back to school, there may be a lot of questions and concerns swirling around in your mind.

Going Back to School as an Adult

Returning to college may seem tough at first, but it can be a great choice with the potential to make a lasting difference in your life.

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Going back to the classroom for the first time in a long time doesn’t necessarily mean starting over from scratch — you may be able to use what you already know. Plus, today’s flexible programs, such as online college, make it easier than ever for busy working adults to earn a degree.

How to Go Back to School as an Adult

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If you’re wondering how do I get started if I want to go back to school? It’s important to know that it’s never too late to complete a college degree. If this is a goal you have, then it’s worth pursuing it. By making a plan and seeing it through step by step, you can work your way toward college graduation.

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Once you’ve made all the important decisions – to return to school, what for and where – it’s time to get the ball rolling. Here is a step-by-step guide to getting you started.

Step 1: Identify Your ‘Why’

Figure out what you want to do with your life and how college will help you achieve that goal. Having a clear motive in mind will help encourage you every step of the way.

Knowing the direction you’d like to take your life and career can also narrow down the list of schools you are considering.

Step 2: Consider Your Schedule

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Think about how much time you can dedicate to school each week. That will help you decide whether to be a part-time or full-time student.

It can also factor into the decision between on-campus classes and online programs. Online programs tend to offer more flexibility and allow you to learn on your time, while on-campus classes follow a more rigid schedule.

Step 3: Pick a Major and Research Schools

You’ll want to choose a college program that will help you achieve your career goals, so find out what degree is needed for your intended job.

Once you know what degree program is best, look around for colleges that offer that major. At this stage, it’s a good idea to have several schools that offer your intended degree in mind. You can narrow down the options later based on which schools fit your needs.

Step 4: Talk to Admissions Pros

A college’s admissions counselor can answer your questions about the school and provide valuable insights into the admission requirements.You may need to take a placement test once you’re accepted. Placement tests are meant to evaluate your math, reading, and writing abilities to help determine which courses to start you off in.

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If you’re headed to graduate school, you may be required to take different tests. This is why it’s important to talk to admission pros and figure out what exactly is required of you.

Step 5: Apply for Admission

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Applying to college is fairly straightforward. However, you may be confused about which application process to use. What is the difference between a first-time student and a transfer student?

  • First-Time Student – You have a high school diploma or GED, and have no college experience or college credits. Once admitted, you will be considered a freshman.
  • Transfer student – After graduating from high school, you attended and earned credit at a college. The number of college credits transferred will determine whether you are admitted as a freshman, sophomore, or junior.

Whether you are a first-time student, or transferring to a new school, the admissions office should be able to help guide you in the right direction to make the application process easy.

Step 6: Test Out Of As Many Classes as Possible 

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In addition to transferring credits, you may also be able to skip ahead in your degree program by testing out of certain courses or coursework. Check with your school’s admissions office to see if they accept exam credits, and how many.

Students who take advantage of this “test out” option typically only do so for a class or two, but many schools will allow up to 30 credits. CLEP is the most well-known, widely accepted testing program. Your school may also accept credits from DSST or Excelsior exams.

Step 7:  Start the Financial Aid Process

Loans, grants, and scholarships can make a big difference in the affordability of college, so be sure to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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You can file your FAFSA starting on October 1 of the year before you plan to attend college. Aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so you should get your application in right away. The FAFSA opens the door to grants for older adults returning to college and scholarships that do not have to be repaid, as well as low-interest student loans that are not necessarily income based.

Step 8: Submit Applications

Now it’s time to submit applications to the schools that made your short list in order to officially apply. At a minimum, that means filling out a form and submitting school transcripts.

Some schools have additional requirements as well so it’s important to talk to admissions or research each school’s various requirements online.

Step 9: Pick Your School

After the application process is completed, you’ll start to receive decision letters. After you’ve received acceptance letters, it will be time to make your final decision.

When deciding which school to choose, be sure to consider the majors offered, your schedule, and your financial situation. Once you’ve made your decision, you can begin the enrollment process.

Step 10:  Register for Classes

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When registering for classes, pay close attention to your academic plan. A full-time course load is between 12 and 15 credits per semester, and since many courses are assigned 3 credits that mean you will be taking 3-4 classes at a time.

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A part-time course load can vary but may be around 6 credits per semester. Some of the above steps are discussed in more detail below to help you with your decision. Before you know it, you’ll be taking your first class and working toward a new degree.

Choosing a Major

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As you consider majors, think about the actual jobs associated with those majors and whether or not they appeal to you.  As an adult learner, there are so many options available to you – a wide variety of majors, schools, degree levels, learning formats, and more.

If you’re ready for a new field, you may be asking, “What should I go back to school for?” You’ll need to think about your strengths and weaknesses, what type of work environment you prefer, how much flexibility you desire, and so on.

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If you’re going back to college to advance your current career, chances are you already have a major in mind. Take some time to consider what skills are necessary for the role you’d like, such as managerial or financial know-how, and plan to take classes that will focus on those areas.

Here are some top in-demand fields that would be worth your investment according to data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

  • Healthcare: Employment in the healthcare field is projected to grow 16% over the next 10 years, adding about 2.6 million new jobs. With an aging population and new medical discoveries every day, this field is expected to add more jobs than any other.

Some occupations you could consider include:

Careers Annual Median Salary
Radiation Therapists $82,970
Dental Hygienists $77,810
Registered Nurses $77,660


The healthcare field can not only be rewarding while you help others, but also lucrative.

  • Technology: Information security, data collection, and cloud computing are on the rise, which means employment in computer and information technology is booming. The field is projected to grow 13% over the next decade.

Here are a few to consider:

Careers Annual Median Salary
Computer Network Architect $120,520
Software Developers $110,140
Web Developers $77,200


The technology field allows you to use creativity while coming up with the latest advancements. If this sounds like something you’d like, technology may be a good choice for you.

  • Finance: The business and finance field is expected to grow 8% over the next 10 years. This is due to many factors, including globalization, a growing economy, data and market research, and so on.

Examples of occupations you might consider include:

Careers Annual Median Salary
Personal Financial Advisors $94,170
Accountant/Auditors $77,250
Insurance Underwriters $76,390


While healthcare, technology, and finance are some of the most in-demand fields, that does not mean it’s not worthwhile to pursue a degree in something else.

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Employment is expected to rise in education, law, media, social sciences, and so many other fields. Keep in mind that some employers may look for a bachelor’s degree or higher for some occupations. In addition to researching the projected growth and income potential, consider your work history, educational background, and your own personal interests when deciding which field is right for you.

Choosing a Degree Level

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Knowing the field and career you are pursuing will help you determine what degree level you should pursue.

There are 4 college degree levels:

  • Associate’s degree: Approximately 2 years of full-time study (60 credit hours); Qualifies you for entry-level jobs in some fields. (An associate’s degree is not a required pre-requisite to earning your bachelor’s degree. You can skip the associate’s degree if you already know that you want to complete your bachelor’s degree.)
  • Bachelor’s degree: Approximately 4 years of full-time study (120 credit hours); Qualifies you for entry-level or management positions, depending on the field
  • Master’s degree: Approximately 1-2 years of full-time study beyond the Bachelor’s degree; Qualifies you for advanced or executive-level positions
  • Doctoral degree: Approximately 3-5 years of full-time study beyond the Bachelor’s degree / May require earning your Master’s degree first, but not always; Qualifies you as a field expert to work in business or research, or as a college professor

The most commonly pursued degree is the bachelor’s, but which degree is right for you depends on your goals. Try searching the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website for the career you’re considering to find out what type of degree is necessary.

Choosing a School

This time around, you probably don’t have a guidance counselor, parents, or teachers to help you sort out your options, so be sure to do some research.

Here are some factors you should consider when choosing a school:

  1. Major – Start off by making a list of schools that offer the major you’re interested in. Only include schools that are accredited.
  2. Scheduling – Next, narrow the list down based on how and when you’re able to attend classes.

When thinking about scheduling, it may be helpful to ask yourself these questions while you research:

  • Do they offer fully online degree programs?
  • Do they offer night and/or weekend classes?
  • Do they offer online classes?
  • Will you have access to the library, computer services, advisors, and professors during hours that work for you?

You want to find a school that can fit into your lifestyle so that it isn’t a hassle for you to attend, get involved, or keep up with coursework.

  1. Cost – Next, compare the costs associated with each option.

It’s helpful to consider the following questions when comparing costs of various schools:

  • What is the tuition?
  • What other fees may come up?
  • What is the payment schedule?
  • What financial aid, scholarships for adults, or grants for going back to school are available?
  • Are there any incentives for adult learners?
  1. Duration – Be sure to find out how long it will take to earn your degree.

It’s important to keep the following questions in mind when researching how long your degree will take:

  • Will your existing credits transfer?
  • Can your work experience be used as credit?
  • Are there accelerated courses or programs to help speed up the process?

Transferring Credit

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Before choosing a school and program, you will need to take inventory of previous college coursework. If you’ve attended college previously, or earned college credits in some other capacity, transferring those credits will help you graduate faster and at a lower cost. You’ll just need to have your transcripts sent from your former school to your new one.

To request your college transcript:

  • Visit your former school’s website.
  • Using the search tool, type in “transcript”
  • Follow the steps provided by the school to request your transcript (this usually includes filling out a short form and paying a small fee).

You will be asked for some information, such as your social security number and the address of the school(s) you want the transcripts sent to, and there may be a small fee (under $20). There’s a good chance you will be able to complete the entire request online using an electronic signature, but some schools will ask that you contact the registrar’s office and provide a paper request and signature.

If your transferred credits are coming from another regionally accredited university, most colleges will accept them. General education credits (English, math, history) tend to be the most transferable, but most other courses will transfer as well, even if only as elective credits. Each school will have its own credit transfer policy.

To find out the credit transfer policy at your chosen school, check the following resources:

  • The school’s course catalog
  • The school’s website (try searching for keywords such as “transfer credit” or “transfer policy”)
  • The registrar’s office

Sometimes there is a time limit, or a limit to the number of credits a school will accept. They may also refuse credits earned at a non-accredited institution. And if your field of study is rapidly advancing (think: computer science or nursing), they may require that you repeat some classes to ensure your skills are up to date.

Once your new school has reviewed your transcripts, they will let you know how many of your credits are transferable. If they have refused certain credits, you have the right to question their decision, and you should be prepared to provide a syllabus or other class materials to support your argument.

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Keep in mind, too, that on-the-job experience related to your major may also be eligible for up to 30 credit hours, depending on the school’s policy. Be sure to mention any professional accolades, credentials, licenses, or training you have that may allow you to skip certain courses.

When is the Right Time to Go Back to School?

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First, think about your availability. You’ll have to make time each week to attend classes, do the readings and complete the assignments.

If you have free time in your schedule, then you may be a good candidate. Also, make sure you have support. You’ll need others to pick up the slack when coursework consumes your attention, and it’s great to have encouragers in your corner.

One of the biggest indicators of success is a student’s support system. If you choose to go back to college, there will be an adjustment period and bumps along the way, but with a good support system, you can make it a smooth ride. Finally, take stock of your motives. Without a plan in place, it’s easy to lose steam halfway through school. If you can clearly articulate why you’re going to college, then this may be the right time.

Going Back to School at 25

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Maybe you feel like you’ve missed the boat. Your classmates likely went straight from high school to college, and by now they’ve earned their degrees and settled into professional careers. You may wish you’d followed that path, but now it feels too late.

Well, chances are, if you do go back to school you won’t be sitting in a classroom full of 18-year-olds. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 12 million college students are under age 25, and around 7 million students are 25 and older.

At 18, many are still adjusting to their newfound freedom and may have trouble prioritizing coursework. But you’ve been on your own for a while, holding down a job and paying bills. You can multitask, prioritize and focus better than you could at 18. Cost may be another worry for you as a young adult. College costs can be intimidating, but no one expects you to pay upfront.

Start out by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will determine which grants and loans you’re eligible for. Because you’re over 24, you will be able to fill out your FAFSA as an independent student, meaning you won’t have to include your parents’ financial info. This should help paint a more accurate picture of what you are truly able to afford.

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In addition to grants (i.e. free money), the FAFSA will help you qualify for low-interest loans. You do not have to accept the loans you are offered. Federal aid through the FAFSA isn’t your only resource. Look for scholarships for adult learners or in your major using search sites like Fastweb.

It’s best to communicate your circumstances and needs with the school to which you are applying so they can help you find the aid you need. Lastly, if you plan to work while going to school, ask your employer about tuition assistance programs.

If flexibility in your schedule is important to you, consider getting your degree online. More and more accredited colleges and universities are offering online classes and complete degree programs allowing you to virtually “attend” classes when it’s most convenient for you.

Going back to college at 25 will be a challenge, but you will have many years to enjoy the benefits that come from having a college degree.

Going Back to School at 30

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Adulthood has a way of sneaking up on you, oftentimes when you get married and have babies. It may seem like you’re on an express train, traveling full speed ahead. If you’re considering veering off in another direction it’s important to speak up.  Are you headed in the right direction? Are you prepared for what’s ahead? Can the career you’ve chosen support the lifestyle you desire for your family?

Going back to school at 30 to ensure a better future is not uncommon. You may choose to get a more advanced degree in the field you’re already in, or transition into something new. Either way, it may be possible to get college credit for the work experience you already have under your belt.

You probably cannot put your job, spouse, or children on hold to pursue a degree, but online learning can work around those commitments. Rather than needing to be in class at a certain time each day, you can log on to complete course materials at your convenience. Online learning is also often the fastest and cheapest option.

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When you’re ready to start your journey, consider completing the FAFSA, which will identify the grants and loans you’re eligible for. You may qualify for funds that do not have to be repaid. And the federal student loans that do have to be repaid will have lower interest rates and more flexible payment plans than any alternative loans. Scholarships are another great way to fund college, and there are many opportunities available specifically for adult learners.

Federal aid and scholarships aren’t the only help available. Communicate your needs to the school to see what resources they can offer, and ask about repayment plans if that’s something you’re interested in. And if you have a job, discuss your educational goals with your employer and ask about tuition assistance programs.

Going back to school at 30 is a major decision. It will be a challenge to find the money and add another responsibility to your plate, but finding a career you love that can help you support your family will make it all worth it.

Going Back to School at 35

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You’ve been working in your chosen field for a number of years, and you’ve stalled out. You’re not fulfilled in your current position, so you either need a more advanced degree to keep moving up within the field, or to go back to school and focus on another area of interest. But how? You have adult responsibilities – a job, a family. You can’t just put everything on hold while you “re-do” your education.

First of all, don’t think of it as starting over, but rather as refocusing. The years spent in the workforce were not a waste. Speak to an academic advisor about how that experience can be turned into college credit. Be sure to mention any additional expertise you have that may allow you to test out of classes or coursework.

Secondly, you will not need to completely disrupt your life to go back to school. Consider enrolling in an online degree program, which will allow you to fit college around your existing commitments. Oftentimes online courses are accelerated, so you’ll be able to finish faster, and it will cost less than attending on-campus classes.

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Cost is often a factor in returning to college. Start out by completing the FAFSA, which will identify which grants and loans you’re eligible for. The federal student loans offered to you will have lower interest rates and more flexible payment plans than alternative loans.

If you aren’t comfortable taking out student loans, ask about the school’s payment plans. If you’re quitting your job to return to college, you can ask the financial aid office to consider that when estimating your income. If you plan to work while in school, ask your employer about tuition assistance programs.

Returning to school at age 35 is a big decision. It will be tough to find the money and juggle another responsibility, but getting yourself out of that career rut and into something more rewarding will be worth it in a multitude of ways.

Going Back to School at 40

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The devil on one shoulder is saying, “Who goes back to college at 40? You’ve worked in this field for half your life, and now you want to just throw it all away and start over?

You have responsibilities, financial obligations, and loved ones who count on you. You can’t just push everything aside while you chase your wildest dreams.” But let us speak from the other shoulder. Your past is not a waste and you are not starting over. Your work experience may count as college credit. And of course, you’ve gained life skills that can be applied in any number of degree fields.

Yes, you will have to make sacrifices, but your responsibilities will not be shirked. You can continue to work and care for your family, especially if you choose to get your degree online. Taking classes online means you can do it when you have the time. It is also usually less expensive than a traditional college. Returning to school at age 40will be worth it to find a career field that will keep you satisfied until you retire.

Going Back to School at 50

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At 50, your children may be grown and out of the house, and you have more time to yourself. You’re learning to focus on yourself again. Now is the perfect time to go back to school and earn that degree you’ve dreamed about.

Online learning may be intimidating at first, but it will help you avoid busy campuses and a strict class schedule. It’s very flexible, so you can fit your education around your job, family time, and hobbies. It is also usually less expensive than traditional on-campus programs.

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Returning to school will involve challenges and sacrifices, but remember that this is the dream you’re pursuing. You’re doing this for yourself and it’s never too late. Focus on how good it will feel to have that diploma in hand.

Accreditation

Since you’re making the effort to go back to school, it only makes sense to pursue a degree that will be respected by employers and other colleges. The way to do that is to attend a regionally accredited college. Regional accreditation shows that a school does a good job of providing a thorough, reliable education to its students.

Regional accreditation affects the transferability of college credits from one school to another. It can also determine whether you’ll be able to get into grad school someday. An accredited degree may even be the determining factor in whether you get hired for a job.

Paying for College

Cost is often a top consideration for adults going back to college. It’s certainly something to think about, but help is available.

Familiarize yourself with the various financial aid options so that you can make a plan for funding your studies. The first step is to fill out the FAFSA form. That’s essential for securing federal assistance and, often, state support too. Even as a returning adult, you’re eligible to submit this application and possibly receive assistance.

The most likely form of government aid you’ll receive is college loans. Those are widely distributed for both undergrad and graduate programs. Government loans usually carry lower interest rates than private ones. Depending on your financial circumstances, you may also get a grant, which is money that doesn’t need to be repaid after college.

Grants aren’t the only gift money you might be able to receive. Scholarships could be another option. When a scholarship comes directly from your school, it’s called an institutional scholarship. Other scholarships are available from all sorts of private organizations, including professional associations, religious groups, community programs, philanthropic foundations, and more.

Getting a scholarship usually requires an application process. There may be a limited number of awards, so only some applicants will receive the money. You might be chosen based on your life experiences, your academic potential, or another factor.

Employer assistance could be an option for adults returning to school. Workplaces sometimes have funds to cover a portion of their full-time employees’ tuition.

Should I Go Back to School?

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Everyone’s situation is different, but returning to school might be the right call for you. If you need help deciding, ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I open to learning new things? College is all about getting an education and learning from those who know more than you, so go into the process with an open mind and an eagerness for knowledge. Also, be willing to experience new-to-you classroom technology or teaching styles.
  • Am I ready for a career boost or change? Going to college might be the best way to earn a promotion or break into an entirely new field.
  • Can I afford it? College costs vary greatly, but school is never cheap. Make sure your finances can take the hit, especially if you’ll need to take time off work. Don’t forget to look into financial aid before you make this decision.
  • Can I make the time for classes? Online college is flexible, but it does require a time commitment. Even part-time enrollment will take several hours of attention each week.
  • Do I have a clear plan? College will cost you both time and money, so know what you want out of the experience before you begin.
  • Do I need a higher salary? College graduates usually earn more than people who have only a high school diploma.
  • Is there an alternative? Not every career goal requires a college degree. Industry certificate programs or free online trainings could be valid alternatives that cost less and achieve similar results.
  • Will I be organized? To get the most out of your studies, it’s important to follow the course syllabus, make a study plan and turn items in on time. Online college requires an extra dose of self-discipline compared to classes where you’re meeting face-to-face with the professor every week.

In addition to asking yourself these questions, consider talking to a friend who’s recently gone back to school. A firsthand account could be quite helpful.

Pros and Cons of Going Back to School

There are many advantages to enrolling in college, but there can be some drawbacks too. Weigh the following pros and cons as you decide whether to head back to the classroom as an adult.

Pros:

  • College degrees often lead to promotions and higher wages.
  • Getting to know professors and classmates could help you build your professional network.
  • If you want to switch careers, you may need a degree to break into your chosen field.
  • Taking classes while holding a full-time job might equip you with new ideas or skills that you can put into practice right away.
  • You may be in better shape to succeed this time around. As an adult learner, you may have the maturity to handle a college workload and a clear vision of what you want to gain from the experience.

Cons:

  • College can be quite expensive.
  • Even with flexible online classes, a significant time investment is required.
  • Getting a degree takes time, so keep in mind that this is a multi-year commitment.
  • Online college requires tech skills, organization, and self-discipline.
  • You may be able to accomplish your career goals without earning a degree.

If the pros outweigh the cons for you, then you might be a great candidate for going back to school.

How to Know Which School is Right for Me

Many colleges accept adult learners. These characteristics can help you narrow down the vast selection and settle on the one school that’s best for you.

  • Accreditation status: Be sure to pick a regionally accredited school.
  • Demographics: Consider what percentage of the students are adult learners. You might appreciate the environment and support system at a college that focuses on nontraditional students.
  • Faculty: Check into the professors to see whether they have terminal degrees or firsthand experience in their fields. You might also want to consider whether most classes are taught directly by professors or by teaching assistants instead.
  • Graduation rate: A high graduation rate is a positive sign. It could indicate that the school works hard to support its learners.
  • Online format: Consider factors like term length, live or asynchronous classes, and course pacing.
  • Student supports: See if there are programs like online tutoring or social activities for non-traditional students.
  • Transfer credit: If you’ve done a lot of previous coursework, look at schools with generous transfer policies.

The “best” school is a matter of personal fit and preference, so a school that’s great for other students may not be the right one for you.

Who Should Go Back to College as an Adult?

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Regardless of your age, educational background or work experience – we all get stuck in a rut. We all want more.

Going back to school can help you:

  • Earn a raise / more money
  • Earn a promotion
  • Take on new or different responsibilities at work
  • Keep your skills current
  • Transition into a new field
  • Finish the degree you started

If those are goals you have in your personal or professional life, going back to college may be a great choice for you. But keep in mind that when you go back to school as an adult, you can’t do it alone. You’ll need the support of others to succeed.

How Does Online Learning Work?

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In terms of the actual online learning process, the name of the game is speed and flexibility. Classes are usually offered via short 8-week-long semesters as a way to expedite your time in the virtual classroom, though some institutions still abide by the more traditional 16-week-long variation (or give you the option to choose between a standard semester or accelerated one).

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Submitting tests, papers, and other coursework is typically accomplished via an online learning platform, so you can complete your required assignments at any time, as long as you finish before the due date established by your professor. Speaking of your professors, interaction comes in a variety of different forms:

  • Email
  • Online discussion boards
  • Live chat
  • Phone
  • Personal meeting (depends on your proximity to the physical campus location)

You’ll also find that any lectures, supplemental downloads, and course-specific digital tools can be accessed within your online learning portal or a specified student server.

Are the Admissions Criteria for First-Time Students and Transfer Students Different?

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Yes. The GPA requirement for a transfer student is typically lower because it is presumed that their previous coursework in college was more challenging than the previous work of someone coming from high school.

Visit your short list of schools’ admissions pages to see which criteria will apply to you, or make time to speak with an admissions pro who can help you pull together the required criteria for your desired school. It’s also important to see what each school accepts as transfer credits as this can vary from school to school.

Will My GPA Carry Over?

While you can always check with your desired school, most times your GPA will not carry over when transferring.

When you transfer credits, only the actual credit hours that you completed will transfer, not the grade earned. Your GPA will begin anew as you complete the first classes at your new school. You can use this as a new start or set a goal for yourself to obtain your previous GPA. 

Is Going Back to School Worth it?

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Yes, going back to school is worth it for many adults. Perhaps finishing college has been a long-term goal of yours. Now could be your time to accomplish it. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), there are over 6,500 post-secondary institutions in the US.

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Getting a college degree could help you start in a new field. It might also be the ticket to advancement in your current line of work. Some promotions or leadership roles require having a degree. You might even be eligible for higher pay. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that workers with a bachelor’s degree earn an average annual salary of $69,368. That’s compared to $42,068 per year for high school graduates.

Getting Back to School Online

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It’s never too late to return to college. Getting a degree might be a personal goal of yours or the key to achieving your professional ambitions. Whatever your reason for going to school, you can make it happen.

Adults going back to school often find success in online classes. It may be easier to fit online coursework into your daily schedule. When you choose to earn your degree from an accredited online college, you’ll get a respectable education in a format that works for you.

Take a look at accredited online schools and make a plan for going back to college.

Ready to start your journey?
Elizabeth Abner
WRITTEN BY Elizabeth Abner

Elizabeth is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Foreign Policy and earned her master's degree in business administration. For her undergraduate studies, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in international business. Elizabeth's research is focused on universities offering online degree programs.