Consider these things:
- A day school program is likely to be more intense than an evening continuing education program.
- Find out the percentage of students in the program in which you are applying who are also holding full time jobs or returning to school. This will give an indication of the amount of support offered for the special needs of these types of students.
- Some programs have televised classes that you take in your own home.
- Most schools offer the opportunity to “audit” a class for a reduced cost. This enables you to take a class for fun instead of credit. It is a great way to ease back into the school environment.
- Some schools have day car facilities available.
- Special programs exist for students returning to school, such as “weekend college” in which all the classes are on th weekend.
- Summer school programs are more intense, but are finished un 6 to 8 weeks. This would allow you to get a couple of course finished each summer when your older children are available to help with the house.
- If you’ve already done some college classes, be sure to check if the program you apply to will accept those credits.
- If you are working, check to see if your employer has a continuing education program. Many companies will pay part or all of your tuition and some even give time off work to attend classes. Be sure to ask if they have a minimum grade requirement. (They only reimburse you if you geta bove a certain grade.)
- Don’t try to be superwomen. You will have to let go of something to find time for studying. Explain to your family when it’s testing time so they can be supportive.
Hats odd to you for making the decision to do something for yourself! In the end the family will benefit from your increased self-esteem and new marketability/earning power.
Encouragement: A publication by Angela DiCicco and Gail Signor
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