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Common Questions About Going Back to College

Jul 28, 2017 | Harrison College

Common Questions About Going Back to College

Thinking about going back to college? 

That's great news! Investing in your education is one of the best decisions you can make, especially as you seek new or more challenging career roles.

Yet, reintegration into the academic world isn't without its challenges and complexities. As you prepare to navigate this journey, you may have a few questions on your mind -- and that's perfectly OK.

Today, we're taking a look at some of the most common concerns that new or prospective students might have about taking that first step forward.

Ready to dive in? Let's go!

Is Going Back to College Necessary?

As you contemplate your decision, chances are this question has popped up at least once, or a dozen times! In short, the answer will depend on more than one factor.

You'll need to take into account your current career, your goals, and your hopes for the future. You should also be aware of your level of emotional, physical, and financial support before you can determine if this path is the one for you.

Is changing your income level a driver? If so, it might be helpful to know that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employees with a bachelor degree earn more than $1 million more than high school graduates over the course of a working lifetime.

In addition to economic gain, this time can also be an ideal time for self-exploration. The new challenge will allow you to learn new skills and gain new relationships as you open your mind. It's important to remember both benefits as you assess your options.

Can I Balance Work, School & Life?

Maybe you're single and working full-time. Or, maybe you're juggling work with a family at home. Either way, the reality is that going back to college can add another level of stress and responsibility to your already-full plate.

To that end, you may be wondering if there's room to squeeze in the scholarly duties that will be expected of you.

The good news is that thanks to the rise in online learning, there are more options available now than ever before that enable you to design your work/life/school balance around the schedule that works best for you and your loved ones.

Now, you're not required to miss out on valuable personal time or important work obligations while you pursue your degree. Rather, there are myriad online programs for almost any degree type, giving you the flexibility you need and deserve.

How Will I Pay For College?

For some, going back to college might cause stress over financial circumstances. 

In addition to scholarships, grants, and loans, you can also look into your college of choice for assistance. Most offer at least some level of financial aid or flexible payment plans to help alleviate the stress.

Also, some employers may offer tuition assistance. This can help foot at least part of the bill if you're studying a field that will benefit your career, so check into that option as well.

Do My Credits Transfer?

Looking to save time and money while at school?

One of the quickest and effective ways to do so is by looking to see if any of your existing credit hours or work experience can be applied toward your degree requirements.

Some institutions may require you to compile a portfolio to demonstrate that your professional background is enough to propel you through certain, introductory coursework. Your certifications (think CPA) might also qualify you, as could an exceptional score on an entrance exam.

Regardless of how you choose to proceed, it's definitely worth the time and effort to see if you can transfer your academic investments to good use before you begin.

Where Do I start?

As you explore your options when it comes to furthering your education, you shouldn't have to do it alone. 

That's where we come in.

For more than 100 years, we've offered student-centered education. Our programs allow our students to succeed both personally and professionally -- and we'd love to help you realize your dreams too.

Feel free to check out some of the programs we offer and contact us with any questions. Let's ace this one together!

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