If you’re over 25 and thinking of going back to school, you might be wondering just how you’re going to afford it. And if you’ve been out of school for more than ten years or so you might be feeling that you’ll be out of place in a classroom full of young(er) students.
Some people refer to them as “non-traditional” students, others simply use the term “adult students.” Either way, they’re students who are typically older than the typical college student straight out of high school and they’re increasing in number. Enrollment of students 25 and older grew 41 percent from 2001 to 2011 and currently 38 percent of current students enrolled are within that demo according to statistics from Campbellsville University.
There are several benefits to going back to school (depending on what field you’re in) you may be looking to earn higher income, or simply update your professional credentials. While others may find themselves wanting to change careers, or even finishing something that they started years ago but never had the time or money to complete.
Catering to this growing demographic many universities offer flexible class schedules, online courses, and accelerated degree programs. Aside from time, and also feeling insecure about the decision to become a student again, cost is often a factor that holds people back. However there are many tax breaks, scholarships and other financial incentives.
Take a look at the infographic below for some tips and advice for those looking to re-enter the world of education.