Going Back to College

Now more than ever, a college education is the reality behind all dreams for the future. Did you know that the average college graduate earns $1 million more in a lifetime than the average high school graduate? It's true. Don't let money be an obstacle to your success. Financial aid is available, and Edamerica is here to help.  

Tips for adult students making the transition

  • Be patient, relaxed, and focused when dealing with school-related people and situations. Do not be intimidated by the idea of returning to school as an adult student. Remember: You are not alone.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Take a campus tour and learn where buildings and offices are located.
  • Become familiar with school administrators. It will help you to know your financial aid advisor, admissions counselor, and academic advisor. Some schools have personnel who specialize in nontraditional student populations.
  • Ask about your educational options. Many schools offer night and weekend classes. Classes may also be offered at more convenient off-campus locations. If you have young children, take time to find out if a day-care service is available on campus.
  • Get involved. You can meet many of your fellow students by attending orientation programs specifically for nontraditional students. Take advantage of study groups and labs.
  • Be efficient and creative with your study time. Utilize shorter time spans to study rather than trying to set aside 2 hours at once. Review your notes at lunch or while waiting for a doctor's appointment. The amount of possible study time will surprise you.
  • Be flexible with your normal routines. Don't get stressed out over a dirty house or an overgrown lawn. Ask your family or friends to help you out.
  • Be positive and enthusiastic about your educational adventure.


Resources for returning to college as an adult student:

Going Back to School: College Survival Strategies for Adult Students.
Frank J. Bruno, Ph.D. Macmillan Publishing Company, 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023. (1998).

Back In School: A Guide for Adult Learners.
Charles J. Shields. Career Press, 180 Fifth Ave., P.O. Box 34, Hawthorne, NJ 07507. (1994).

Ludden's Adult Guide to Colleges and Universities.
Laverne and Marsha Ludden. ParkAvenue Productions, 720 N. Park Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46202. (1997).

American Association for Adult & Continuing Education (AAACE)
1200 19th Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20036-2401. (202) 429-5131