Are you wishing you had better chances at advancement in your job? Feeling stuck or held back due to a lack of education? Going back to school can have huge ramifications for your life and career. However, many individuals find themselves unable to find a way to afford returning to school. Fortunately, funding for college may be a lot easier to find than you would think. Included here are a few ways to afford returning to school in order to better your career.
In recent years, businesses have begun to see the usefulness of crowdsourcing in doing company work. However, some people have also begun to recognize that crowdsourcing can be a great way to establish funds for people who need them. You may be surprised to find that by creating an online fund, your friends and family will be able to help you afford your college experience.
If you find yourself torn between work and family, you may not see how you will ever find time to attend classes. Fortunately, many colleges have begun to recognize the importance of online degrees for working parents. It is likely you can find a full degree offering utilizing exclusively online classes on your time only. Often these programs will be accelerated, so you will be in school for a shorter period but with a heavier workload.
Another great option for those who find themselves excessively busy during the day, but without the motivation to work from home online, is to attend night classes. Again, this is an option that will likely be an accelerated program, encouraging graduation in a year or less. You will be able to attend class a few nights a week and in less than two years have a degree and be looking for career advancement.
If you are already living and working in the lower income spectrum, look into options like financial aid. It may be more ideal for you to quit your job and attend school full-time in order to jump back into the workforce with better options. Unless the work you are doing is critical to advancement with your degree, it can be better to utilize financial aid to live on while pursuing your schooling.
Obviously, this is the least ideal of the “afford college” options. Taking on a second job means heightened work loads, more stress and less free time. If you are considering taking on your second job merely to save for college, before attending, this can be helpful; however working two jobs with school and other life responsibilities can be a giant ball of stress. Consider doing extra work on weekends only or throughout summer and school breaks instead of working two jobs consistently throughout the week.