- Not enough money
- Not sure what to major in
- Changing family situations
- Work schedule conflicts
- Not focused on studies
- And lets face it; college isn't for everyone.
People can be, and are, successful without a college degree. And if I'm honest, I wish I'd invested some time in learning a skilled trade.
But the reality is that the majority of all jobs in the US require some form of a college or university degree.
So what can you do if you quit, and you want to finish?
If you're like most, you have other commitments you can't walk away from. You likely have a job and family and finding time to dedicate to returning to college is no small task. So here are a few steps you should take to see if a return to college is right for you.
- Why do you want to return?
This is the most important question to answer. Do you want to return in order to pursue a career path in a specific field? Do you want to finish so you can keep your job, or do you just want to learn something new?
Your answer will determine which degree you should seek.
- How will you pay for it?
This is important because bills are due when they're due, and your classes will be canceled if you do not pay tuition and fees on time. Some employers will pay for you to attend college. There really are scholarships available—some just for adult students—and some colleges have payment plans. If you want to explore some payment options, check out our earlier blog post about UNCG's Tuition Payment Plan.
- Do you have the time?
Attending college will take time. Serious time. You will have to take courses. You will have to study. You will have to complete assignments. And here's the reality—you can't rush through finishing college. If you still have three years to finish, you still have three years to finish.
- Consider attending online.
There are some great benefits to attending a college or university online. Most programs are asynchronous (no set class times) so while you have to finish coursework within set parameters of a semester, you have flexibility to study and do work when it's convenient for you. That could be during your lunch hour, when the kids are at sports practice, or maybe early Saturday mornings.
You also don't have to commute to campus. This not only saves you time, but saves you the cost of commuting and potentially parking fees.
- Not sure if online learning is right for you?
Online learning is mighty convenient, but it's not for everyone. The best thing you can do is take an assessment to see if you're a good fit. And it should be a real assessment, not a marketing tool to push you into online learning. UNCG has created an assessment that tells it like it is. If you're not a good fit, we'll let you know why and what you can do to improve our chances if you do want to pursue online learning.
Whatever you decide—return to college, don't return, return online, or return on campus—know that only you can determine what's best for you. And if returning to college is what you want to do, let us know. We'll do what we can to help.