Again, those lines of grant versus scholarship become blurred in this area. If you are in a situation where you wish to go back to school, but you do not have the funds necessary to avoid taking out high interest and costly student loans, then you might need to do some thinking.
Now going into college from high school is almost always the preferred option, and it is the situation in which you will most definitely be able to win funding. But, in this recessive economy, it should be noted that more and more people wish to go back to college after leaving. One of the biggest reasons is the fact that many students were simply not able to finish with their college educations, and were forced to go into the working field. It is for this reason that there are more and more opportunities opening up where returning students can win both scholarship and especially grant money.
Returning To College
The task may seem like a daunting one. In fact, it is downright scary. But, nevertheless, you have your dreams and no one will dissuade you from accomplishing them. However, here is the problem you face that has caused you such anxiety over the past years: how are you going to pay for school, while going to school, while working a forty hour week, while looking after a family? That’s a lot to handle all at once, which is why the federal and state governments have rehashed the older programs to be tailored directly to new (ish) students just like you.
Of course, it should be noted that these grants are sometimes not easy to get. So you are going to want to split up your tasks into certain time frames. For instance, you don’t want to be hunting down grants in the middle of the school year, as this is sure to take lots of time away from your current job and your education.
The best way to go about hunting down returning to college students is to do it in time blocks. Your first order of business is to consolidate your possible grants, ignoring the ones that you either cannot acquire or do not qualify for. You should do this in the summer before your returning to college first semester. your next order of business is to apply before the school year happens, after you have enrolled for classes. Now, all colleges will allow you to pull out of classes, just about up to the week that you begin to attend. So, if you are unsure that you will be able to pay for school around then, because you were not able to get the grant funding, then you can simply pull out, and try for next semester. This gamble will not cost you a dime.
How you will perform and how much stress you will encounter during the upcoming semesters will depend on your timing. If you have bad timing, and end up doing everything all at once, then you are likely to jeopardize both of your careers.
Grants often take a long time to apply for, so make sure you allot that time during non-semester months. In this way, you don’t have to split your valuable time.
Also, do keep in mind that a great way to save tons of time is to take intensive week long classes. Now, you will have to consolidate a full week in order to take advantage of these little packed opportunities, but you will be able to really speed up your education. Your place of business may give you a week long vacation just to give them a better educated employee.