SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With a struggling economy and layoffs happening in several industries throughout California, many people are going back to school to create some “insurance” for themselves in case of an unexpected job termination. For some adults who haven’t been in school for several years, the process of finding a school and getting financial assistance can be both intimidating and frustrating. The University of Phoenix is offering the following tips to help adults get back to school:
Research all your options. Talk with students and professors at different educational institutions and choose the one that is the best fit for you.
Consult with an Academic Counselor. Several schools offer free academic counseling with an adviser who can coach you on programs that interest you and will create a sustainable career track.
Research all the financial aid options available. FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) has a website, fafsa.edu.gov, which will provide a form to receive federal aid. Also, make an appointment with a financial aid adviser at the schools you are considering.
Discuss your plans with your family and significant others. Support from your loved ones will help you succeed in your academic pursuits.
Explore different learning models. Some adults may prefer the “in-class” setting while others may prefer online learning. Again, choose the one that fits you best.
Make appropriate sacrifices. Going back to school will require you to give up some leisure activities such as your occasional golf game or TV time.
Start with a test run. Take a few classes to make sure this is the right decision for you.
Go at your own pace. Don’t feel like you have to cram several credits into one semester or quarter.
Write out your academic goals. This will serve as a reminder to you of your reasons for going back to school and will inspire you during challenging times.
Don’t be intimidated. Most adults do very well, some even better, than they did in their previous academic careers and enjoy the experience of learning again.