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What is preventing you from going to school?

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  • I’m Too Busy

    Many people  work school around their already hectic daily lives. 70 percent to 80 percent of college students – are both active in the labor market and formally enrolled in some form of postsecondary education or training.* There are programs for every schedule. You can go to class at night, on weekends or even one day a week. If you go for a degree online, you can be in class anytime. Set up a specific time for studying. Work out a system for keeping a calendar and organizing course materials, and ask your family and friends help you. With a support network, you'll get there. Remember, making some short-term time sacrifices now could give you more time with your family and friends in the long run. You'll inspire others (friends, family, children, etc.) to pursue their dreams, too.

     

    *Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce analysis of U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey data, 2012-2013. 

     

  • I’m Too Busy

    Part time school programs exist for people just like you. Most colleges offer programs you can attend in the evening or on weekends. Some schools even give classes where you work, or in neighborhood churches and community centers. Almost every school offers online courses. A number of states have external degree programs that let you work for a degree without any classroom attendance!

  • I’m Too Busy

    More and more schools have childcare for both married and single parents. Being able to drop your kids off to participate in a childcare program can be a win-win -- you attend class while your children learn and play at the same time. If your college doesn’t offer a childcare program, ask a family member or relative to keep your kids while you’re in class. Also, look for a local Boys & Girls Club where your kids may go. Talk to people. You'll be surprised how much support you'll get when you make your decision and show that you're serious.

  • I’m Too Busy

    There are many awesome jobs that you can get with a certificate, a technical or two-year degree. Others may take longer. But we can't say it any better than Philip: "Going back at 31 and wondering how to balance full-time work, a family and studying for school was overwhelming. I thought, 'To get a four-year degree at this pace, I will be 40 or older before it’s over!' Someone told me this and it still sticks with me: 'You’ll turn 40 with or without a degree anyway!'"