As an adult with a full-time job, it can be challenging to attend college, but can be a great way to increase your earning potential and further your education. Whether you’re completing what you began a long time ago, or you’re attending college for the first time, the following tips can help make it easier to finish your degree while also working full-time:
Find a college that’s near work or home
It can be discouraging if your daily commute increases by a couple hours each day because you choose a campus that’s not exactly close by. Instead, concentrate on campuses that are located either near home or work. They may not be your top choices, but you’ll be more likely to finish what you started.
Look into online classes
Nowadays, it’s very common for college students to finish much (or all) of their college education online. One of the best things about taking an online course is the convenience and flexibility it can provide. As a working adult, there’s a good chance you have a hectic schedule already, especially if you’re married, have children, and dealing with a lot of other things on a daily basis, aside from your job. Attending classes on the weekends, after work, or very early in the morning can eventually grow tiring. Online courses give students the opportunity to learn at their own pace, so if you feel you can do well with this type of instruction, you may want to look into this option.
Choose the right major
College is often when teenagers and young adults are just exploring what type of work they may want to pursue after they graduate. It’s normal for young individuals to change their minds again and again before they figure out what they want to do. But working adults don’t usually have this luxury and time is of the essence. Go in knowing what your goals are and what you hope to accomplish. You may know exactly what industry you want to work in because you’ve already been working in that industry for several years. If you want to advance in your current industry, choose the major that is the most related. But if you want to change career fields completely, be absolutely certain you know what you want to do from the get-go.
Don’t take on too much
You may want to take as many courses as the school (and your schedule) will allow so that you can graduate as quickly as possible, but this may not be a good idea—at least in the beginning. If you change your daily routine too much and take on too much at once in addition to your full-time job, you may eventually want to just throw in the towel because you feel overwhelmed. In your first semester, begin with just one or two courses so that you can adjust to the idea of attending college as a working adult. Once you feel ready, begin taking on more courses.
Explore different payment options
College is expensive, so try to avoid student loans if you can by exploring the various payment options available to you. Find out if your employer provides any type of financial assistance; some companies will pay for employees to attend college. And if you think you may be eligible, apply for scholarships and/or financial aid. If you’re receiving long-term payments from an annuity or structured settlement, contact Peachtree Financial Solutions. You may be able to sell all or a portion of those future payments and receive your money in a lump sum. By receiving your money sooner, it can be easier to take care of a significant expense, such as college. Contact us today to learn more and to receive your no-obligation quote.
Nothing above is meant to provide financial, legal, or tax advice. You should meet with appropriate professionals for such services.