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News Statistics on Adults Going to College
Adults are enrolling in college in increasing numbers to help further or even kick-start their careers. In fact, so many adults are returning to college that they are no longer considered “non-traditional” students.
Recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Education illustrate that adult students are the fastest growing educational demographic, and the numbers in this category continue to grow.
- Students 22 or older – 58%
- Students 25 or older – 40%
- Students attending two-year technical trade schools or community colleges – 40%
- Students attending college part-time – 40%
Success Tips – Family Support Helps Create a Smooth Transition When Adults Go Back-to-School
In order to make the smoothest transition to include a new study schedule, adults returning to school should take care to gain the support of their current network.
A spouse, children and even a current employer can play a significant role in the success of an adult learner.
- Talk with your spouse – Both spouses need to support any decision to return to college. There will be a shift in responsibilities to accommodate the additional time devoted to going to classes, studying and preparing for exams
- Include your network – Single parents can create a network of support consisting of friends and extended family and employers to help them achieve their goal of earning a degree. Do not be afraid to ask for help with important household considerations, such as childcare.
- Make it a team effort – If you have children, recognize how much they love a sense of responsibility. Share your educational goals with them and help them understand how they can help you succeed. Group study sessions are one way to create a parent-child bond.
- Plan ahead – List out your day-to-day household responsibilities: chores, meals, childcare, children’s activities and exercise routines. Make a plan for a change in the division of tasks while you are in school. Get everyone involved – spouses, children, extended family and friends – to understand their role.
- Examine the family budget – How will the cost of college affect the family budget? What loans, grants or other monies will you need to pay for college and living expenses? There are many options to help pay for school today. Meet with financial advisors at your college to determine what makes the most sense for you.
- Think about your current lifestyle –Returning to school is a big commitment. It will require a change in your time allocation to other activities in your life. If you have been out of school for a while, recognize that getting back into the habit of studying will likely take a focused effort on the part of the entire household.
When returning to school, make it a family affair. Include everyone in your support system to help set the groundwork for a successful transition toward this new goal.
Whether starting a new college degree program, returning to finish a college degree, seeking a second degree or an advanced degree, or taking courses for occupational or personal enrichment, know that it’s never too late to go back to school.
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“Going Back to College: Frequently Asked Questions.” Back2College, n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2015. http://www.back2college.com/library/faq.htm
Stokes, Peter J. “Hidden in Plain Sight: Adult Learners Forge a New Tradition in Higher Education.” Issue Paper 97.6, Program (n.d.): 940-58. Www.ed.gov. U.S. Department of Education. Web. 04 Mar. 2015. http://www2.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/hiedfuture/reports/stokes.pdf
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