The Ultimate Back to School Checklist for Adult Learners

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A new school year is about to begin. You’ve been through the excitement of a new school year countless times. At this point, you’re an old pro. You’ve got the backpack, books, and pencils, and you’re ready to learn. But returning to school as an adult isn’t the same as when you were a kid. Sure, some things have stayed the same, but what will you need to succeed as an adult learner? Use this back to school checklist to make sure you kick off the school year right.

The Adult Learner’s Back to School Checklist

  • Transfer Credits – If you are transferring to a new college or beginning a program after a few years out of school, you deserve to get credit for courses you’ve already completed. Do your research – does your school accept transfer credits? Is there a limit on how many credits you can take with you? Get a transfer evaluation to find out exactly what you’ll get credit for in your new program.
  • Work Experience – Do you have work experience in a field related to your degree program? Don’t let it go to waste! Find out whether your work experience can count as credit toward your program. Do you need to take a test to prove your skills or get documentation from your employer? Get the process started now so you don’t run into problems later.
  • Time Management Skills – Going back to school as an adult brings challenges that may not have been present when you were younger. What new obstacles will be present? Are you working, or do you have children to care for? Knowing your roadblocks will help you to plan and manage your time more efficiently. Keep in mind that going back to school means dedicating some of your time to classes, homework, and studying. If you don’t have great time management skills, now is the time to develop them. This is also a good time to consider what class type is best for you. Many people learn well in a classroom setting, but if you have a tight schedule, online classes could be the solution you’ve been looking for.
  • Financial Aid – A great education is within your reach, but how are you going to pay for it? The good news is that there are many ways you can finance your education. Be sure to fill out a FAFSA application to apply for federal financial aid and loans. In addition, search for loans, grants, or scholarships and apply to as many as you can. You can even check with your employer to see if they offer tuition assistance. There are lots of programs out there intended to help students returning to college – take advantage of them! Remember that these programs all have deadlines. Don’t leave them until the last minute; apply for them as soon as you can.

With all of these under your belt, you’ll start the semester off right. But what if you’re not quite there yet? If you want to go back to school, but you’re not sure where to begin, get your free college application roadmap. You’ll learn what to include on your application, how to apply for financial aid, and how to transfer your credits. Going back to school can have a big impact on your life; do it right with CCE at Assumption.

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