Advice on how to cope.
Concerned about what you might face if you went back into a classroom? Here are some typical fears and concerns expressed by adults who have gone back to school, and some advice on how to cope with them:
"I'm too old to learn."
There's no evidence that older students can't learn as well as younger ones. In fact, some people believe that older students are more capable of learning because they often have better focus and more specific personal goals.
"I don't have the time."
Programs that cater to adults are usually aware of your obligations to family and existing jobs. They often work with part-time students and have flexible class meeting times. Don't focus on how many classes you need for a particular degree. Taking even a single class puts you at least one step closer to your dreams.
"I didn't do well in school the first time around. I don't think a college would accept me."
Typically, community colleges and career schools have an open admissions policy. They're more interested in what you can do now than in what you've done in the past.
"I'm afraid I won't fit in."
College isn't just for kids. About 43 percent of the students in college are older than 25. Once you begin class, you'll quickly discover that your age doesn't make you unusual. You're part of a group whose goal is to get a college education.
"College costs too much."
If you've been out of high school or college for at least seven years but do not have a bachelor's degree, you may qualify for the Alliss Opportunity Grant Program which pays for a single course of up to five credits at some Minnesota community colleges. The price of books are included in the award.
Plus, many companies reimburse part or all of the cost of an employee's tuition. Consult your employee handbook for more information.