The prospect of returning to school, developing new skills and improving their ability to compete in the workplace is an exciting possibility for many returning adult students. Tempering that excitement is the reality of balancing new academic responsibilities against the continuing life responsibilities that adults face. Having a plan in place can help the adult who is returning to school to maximize his or her opportunity to have a successful academic experience.
Being motivated is a good start, but personal motivation alone is no guarantee to achieving your educational goals. Having the support of those around you is an important component of success.
Many adults returning to school face situational barriers such as the cost of education. Fortunately, the Union Education Trust Tuition Assistance Plan can help offset the cost by providing up to $3,500 per fiscal year. But there are other barriers that require consideration and planning.
Increasing numbers of adults are returning to school and having success. The key is to be aware of the barriers and to have a plan in place to overcome them. Colleges and universities are becoming increasingly responsive to the needs of nontraditional-age students who work full time. Consider looking into any programs or assistance your school offers returning students.