Tips from the Dean: How to Return to College as an Adult Learner
Understand your goals. Then work toward them.
Be realistic to maintain work-life balance.
Make an action-oriented checklist.
- Know the admission process. Identify what materials and information you need to apply to each of your programs. Then ask questions if you want more information.
- Track deadlines. Stay mindful of priority dates or deadlines for financial aid, registration, orientation, and other important steps so you don’t miss opportunities.
- Apply your experience. Make sure the universities to which you apply have friendly transfer credit policies so you can make the most of what you’ve already accomplished and decrease your time to completion.
- Understand costs and have a plan for funding your education. Take the time to understand the investment of going back to school including tuition, fees, and course materials — as well as the support for tuition, such as institutional funding, federal financial aid, and even employer-provided tuition benefits.
Identify all support services. Then build your own.
- Advising and academic support
- Counseling center services
- Disability services
- Career services and professional development
- Virtual or online tutoring