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.