Why More Adults are Returning to College

Adult students were once a weird anomaly, but today, more and more adults are returning to college to get a degree. Why? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons you might be heading to school again or for the first time.

School is Possible when it wasn’t in the Past

Many adult students were kept from attending college directly out of college for one reason or another. Maybe you didn’t have the money and financial aid wasn’t available. Maybe you decided to get married and start a family. Maybe you had other responsibilities so school wasn’t an option. Whatever the case, now is a great time to head back to college! Many employers will even send you to school for free through tuition assistance programs.

Increased Job Opportunities

Would-be students are applying to college in droves thanks to the increased job opportunities an education gives you. The job market is tough right now and many employers aren’t even willing to consider candidates without a degree in the field, even candidates with tons of relevant work experience. In addition, some industries are tightening and requiring an education in order to be certified in a field, where this was once not required. So in order to get a job or keep a job, many are applying to earn a degree.

Increased Salary

Even if you already have a job or work in a field where an education isn’t necessarily required, you may want to consider getting a college degree because of the increased salary potential you have when you’re educated. Of course, this isn’t always the case, but often, when you have an education, an employer is willing to pay more.

Job Satisfaction

Lastly, many adult students are pursuing a second degree because they want to be happier at work. You may not like the field you’re in, so going back to school gives you the chance to start over. Become a chef even though your first degree was in accounting. Or become an accountant even though you started with a culinary education. Switching fields is a huge reason for students to find themselves in classrooms after years or even decades of life in the “real world.”

Online Education Schools and Programs

Kaplan University — Since its founding 1937, Kaplan University has grown to become a top provider of online education with over 170 programs available. These programs cover anything from criminal justice to nursing. Financial aid is available to those who apply and qualify. Kaplan University is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.
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Ashford University — What started out as a junior college for women in 1918 has now become one of the largest schools in online education. Ashford University offers programs at the associate, bachelor's, and master's level with online programs available. Ashford is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, Ste 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 5107489001, www.wascsenior.org.
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Liberty University — While Liberty University was only founded in 1971, it has quickly become not only the biggest university in Virginia, but the biggest Christian school in the world. Part of this stems from its expansion into online education, helping it reach students no matter where they are. Liberty is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
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Southern New Hampshire University — Southern New Hampshire University is a growing online school with a campus in Manchester, New Hampshire. The school was founded back in 1932 and offers over 60 undergrad and graduate programs through online classes. SNHU is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
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Walden University — Walden University was founded in 1970 as a school focused on doctoral and other post-graduate programs. Its course catalog includes programs in nursing, business, management, education, and much more through campus-based or online programs. Walden is a member of the North Central Association and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.
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Boston University — Boston University is one of the world's largest schools with more than 16 campuses, 250 fields of study, over 150 years of operation, and students in 140 countries. This is part of Boston's commitment to online education and academic integrity, and the school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
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