One way schools cater to adult students is by making it easy to take their continuing education classes. They offer flexible schedules, childcare, and other support.
Many colleges and universities that cater to adult students have programs designed to make it easier for adults to fit continuing education into their lifestyle. Some of the features designed to support adult education include:
- Flexible schedules
- Course credit for work experience
- Campus childcare facilities
- Advisors for returning adult students
- Unique classroom alternatives (including online courses and accelerated programs)
- Tutoring and study skills assistance
- Organizations and support groups for adult students
Find out how your prospective schools address your concerns: After all, they want you to attend!
I want to go back to school, but I have young children
Many college-bound parents balance school and family. Campuses often offer child care facilities at reduced rates. Check with the admissions office .
I can't go back to school with my busy schedule
Colleges offer night classes, part-time enrollment, and weekend classes. Some schools offer online courses: an option to learn from home at your pace.
I can't afford college
College costs can seem prohibitively expensive. Take time to explore financial aid and financing options such as scholarships, work-study, employer tuition assistance, and student loans. Talk with the financial aid officer.
Plug your numbers in to Sallie Mae's Education Investment Planner and create a plan for school.
College is for those who take standardized tests
Many schools do not require standardized test scores. You may be encouraged to take an assessment test to evaluate work experience and education, however.
I'll feel out-of-place surrounded by students so much younger than me
Don't be concerned: Students 35 and older make up 16% of the college population. (Source: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb11-ff15.html)