Advice on going back to College.

Adriana - posted on 08/15/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I'm 19 and my daughter is 2months old. I really want to go back to college but there is no way i could afford now. If any of you have gone back to school how did you do it?? I need advice and resources on how i can get help to go back to school.

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My first recommendation is that you carefully research your school options. I personally am leery of those 18-24 month programs offered by private "colleges" like Westwood or College America. Many of their courses do not transfer and end up being a waste of your time and money. It's sounds quicker, but if your looking at a higher level degree (bachelor's or master's over an associate's), these institutions may not be the best. Each person has their own college goal though, so choose whatever option is right for you.

4 year institutions have come along way in accommodating a more diverse student body, especially in their class schedules and now many of them even offer daycare for our little ones. I know that here in Colorado, all of our universities now offer online classes and hybrid classes (super helpful for busy moms).

If you've not graduated high school, you will need your GED and you will also need to complete assessment testing at your new college. If you did graduate high school, there is a time limit that they can use those test scores and they may also require a transcript showing your GPA.

If you are a single mom there are many grants available to help you cover some or all of your tuition. Even without grants, student loans are available and won't typically require you to have a co-signer. You just can't have any existing defaulted student loans. Additionally, there are thousands upon thousands of scholarships out there. They require different things to qualify, like essays, which can be time consuming, but so is college, so what better way to prepare?

Here are three websites that might help you:

For scholarships and college research -
http://www.scholarships.com/main.aspx

To complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) -
www.fafsa.ed.gov

Career Research : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
http://www.bls.gov/home.htm

I hope this helps!

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That's really fantastic that you are looking at going back to college. I am in college and would love to share resources, if they are applicable, what area do you live in?

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Ale - posted on 08/24/2011

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Sorry, I meant "gift"- Education is the best Gift we could have and leave our children. Good luck and lots of blessings for you and your baby-

Ale - posted on 08/22/2011

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Hi, congratulations on your decition, thats the best give you can make yourself and your baby

Adriana - posted on 08/22/2011

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I live in the Chicagoland area. I want to become a social worker...that would be my dream! =]

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