Cost of Returning to College

I got really curious today and spent quite a while exploring my financial aid options today. Also comparing those options to what’s theoretically feasible for me to actually take and where to take it.

It actually took quite a bit longer to sort through all the available information than I thought it would. Tracking down all the financial aid stuff then going through lists of schools, local and otherwise, comparing tuition rates, available programs, and the details of said programs.

There was quite a bit more variety from school to school than I initially expected and it was actually a little disheartening at first. There were very few courses I was overly interested in, and many times they were only offered on-site. The few that did offer it online were…. prohibitively expensive. The whole point was to see what was available without loans.

On the bright side, I did eventually find a few options that are somewhat realistic. My wife doesn’t seem opposed, exactly, but it would be severely inconvenient for the entire family. At least some thought must be given to the loss of time such an activity would incur and whether or not it’s a productive use of time. I love to learn new things, but there’s no point in pursuing something that doesn’t pay back at some point.

It’s late though, and my wife would like to discuss budgeting and meal planning, so y’all take care.

4 thoughts on “Cost of Returning to College

  1. I went back to college after 40 and graduated at 45. (I had a surprise baby at 44, so I had to take a couple of semesters off.) It’s a challenge for sure, and I did have to take loans, but it has opened some doors for me. I started with the intention of also going to grad school, but then life changed and grad school didn’t happen, so my one regret was not picking a more practical degree. (My degree is in geography, and I didn’t take the main GIS course because the one professor who taught it was a great guy, but I struggled with his teaching style. Or lack thereof. And I thought I would pick it up in grad school… So… Yeah.)

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    1. Yeah, that practical thing is the catch. I was specifically looking at behavioral economist, but that’s a grad school level specialization. My best option for that is a BBA in Financial Economics, which is conveniently available from a local state college on campus. It’s also inexpensive enough that my tuition should be covered by Pell Grant

      If I should not make it to grad school though, I’m really not sure I would like the doors it would open. I would still be certainly better off though, and the financial risk is minimal. To get started anyway.


  2. Check out Strayer. My wife is on her last 4 classes to complete her degree. All classes are offered online, and if you are near a campus the option to take the class there. Also for every 3 you take you earn credit for 1 free. She had her Associates, I think she got her last 5 classes for free. They are accredited and do have financial aid.

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