With the different technological advances returning to school as a parent can be more easy and flexible than ever. Here’s how to get started:
Before you get started looking at schools or programs submit your FASFA for student assistance. There are several grant programs available with money that you don’t have to repay depending on your situation and often the money is given out on a first come first severed basis so the sooner you get yours in the better. Depending on your school or your income the grants alone may be enough to cover tuition, fees, and books.
Decide your Hours
Once your FASFA is complete start thinking about what type of program you would like to do and what sort of hours you are available. You can choose from night classes, a traditional schedule, or completely online. Look at what your work and family responsibilities are and go from there. Don’t overwhelm yourself by taking on too much at first, try to be realistic.
Picking a School
If you plan on getting financial aid make sure that you are choosing a school that has a regional accreditation. Local community colleges can be a great place to start and often have evening courses and online programs as well as their own scholarships. Talk to an admission councilor to see if it might be right for you. State universities are also getting more flexible with their programs and offer online Bachelors’ degrees in several different areas. They often also have several scholarships available for all kinds of students.
Starting your Studies
Once you know where you are going, how it is getting paid for, and what you are studying the last thing to do is enroll. The first week of classes may be intimidating but you will catch on. For the first couple of weeks try to create a schedule of assignments to keep yourself on track and make sure to save any and all receipts for when tax time comes.