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Financial Aid InformationFinancial aid is available through federal grants, loans, scholarships, and private businesses. Below you will find some links to help you in your search to help make paying for college easier.FAFSAwww.fafsa.ed.gov/ Review the FAFSA page to fill out your application for federal grants and loans. You can also review potential schools and their tuition rates so that you can plan accordingly. FinAid http://www.finaid.org/ Fin aid is a great way to explore various scholarships, grants, and loans. There are also calculators that can help guide you as you plan to pay for college. Military aid is also available through this valuable internet resource. Grant Programs http://www.collegescholarships.org/grants/ Grants are different from loans in that they do not have to be paid back. Review the site to find valuable links and information regarding federal and private grants. Tips and Advice Planning for college can be stressful yet exciting at the same time. Below are some tips and advice for college seniors and others looking to attend an educational institution.

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Getting an Education as an Adult

While it can be easy to worry about returning to school as an adult, or non-traditional, student, you won't be alone. In fact, the National Center for Education Statistics had predicted that from 2006-2017, enrollment for adults aged 25 and over would rise faster than enrollment for those under 25; specifically, 19% growth for the former group as compared to ten percent for the second (http://nces.ed.gov).

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You'll probably undergo an adjustment period when you go back to school as an adult. Try to stay as free of stress as possible, and remember that you have your own personal reasons for pursuing an education - stay true to your purpose and you'll probably do just fine.

Plan Your Finances

You can take a few simple steps to lessen the burden of financing your education. You might take advantage of any tuition reimbursement programs that your employer offers. Apply for scholarships, especially the scholarships that many schools offer specifically to non-traditional students. If you can, speak to a financial advisor who can help you plan your expenses, and make sure to use education tax breaks when it's time to do your taxes.

Understand Your Goals

Knowing exactly what goals you're trying to reach in your pursuit of a formal education often makes it easier to achieve these goals. For instance, you might want a career in computers, but you may not be sure which specialty you'd like to pursue. Write down your goals, create a plan and be prepared to stick with it if you encounter any difficulties.

Involve Your Family

Once you begin school, you'll probably find that you have less time to devote to household tasks, such as cleaning or grocery shopping. You can make your life easier by getting everyone in your family to pitch in and help. If you have to study with small children in the house, try to find a quiet activity they can do or swap childcare services with another adult student.

Involve Your Employer

You might be looking for advice on how to coordinate your existing career with your studies. If so, communicate with your boss about your new status as a student. Whether you need time off, less duties or a different schedule, speaking with your employer will let him or her know that you're committed to your job as well as your studies.

Start Slowly

You'll most likely need time to learn how to be a student. The act of learning requires a specific skill set, one that tends to be different from the skill set you use to perform a job. You'll also be balancing a new responsibility on top of your old ones, so you might want to take less than a full load of courses for the first semester to see how well you'll handle this new challenge.

Meet Your Classmates

Creating friendships with other students will help you form a network of support. You'll have a way to get information about classes you may need to miss, and when test time rolls around you'll have other students with whom you can study.

Sources of Further Help

If you need help, don't be afraid to ask. Many schools offer counseling services to their students where you can meet with a counselor and discuss your concerns. Some schools also offer organizations for you to join that are designed specifically with non-traditional students in mind.

 
 

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