If going back to school is on your to-do list this year, you’re not alone. Research by Franklin Covey indicates that education has been a growing resolution among adult Americans over the past decade, and is one of the top resolutions for 2013. If you want to make your back-to-school resolution a reality this year, start by taking some A+ advice compiled by experts at Brandman University, a private, nonprofit university providing on-campus programs throughout California and Washington, and online degree programs across the United States.
At some point before the end of the year, let’s take a breath and reflect on what you want to accomplish come 2013. If you haven’t yet earned your bachelor’s degree, this could be your year to return to college, and bachelor’s degree completion programs could provide valuable assistance.
It’s a fact that the number of nontraditional students attending college is on the rise. A survey conducted by US News and World Report showed that college attendance by students aged 40 to 64 increased by almost 20 percent in the last decade. What may be most impressive about this statistic is how much harder it is for older students to invest time and money in a college education. After all, there are mortgages to be paid, children to be cared for, and retirements to be funded.
Going back to college can involve some difficult choices and major sacrifices. But regardless of why you’re returning to academia, it’s often worth it. Here are four ways you can save money to pay for tuition…
When you’re 18 years old and fresh out of high school, the college information that matters most to you probably includes extracurricular offerings and the intangible fun factor. When you get a little bit older and you’re going back to school to get ahead in your career, your college criteria tend to shift. The emphasis is less on the “college experience” and more on “return on investment.” In other words, you want to know that the degree for which you paid dearly will pay you back.