The graphic to the right, from DSST, shows you just how many non-traditional students are back in school, and who these students are. You can view a full-size version of the graphic at getcollegecredit.com.
In a nutshell, DSST found that non-traditional students are:
- Typically 23 or older
- Employed 25-40 hours per week
- Single parents (See our article on scholarships for working moms and dads)
- Active military or veterans (We have info on Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits)
- Baby boomers
We'd like to introduce you to some non-traditional students who just might have lives similar to yours. If they can return to the classroom, so can you. Be inspired.
- Melody Aquaro balances school, work, and three kids
- Joe Julian earns online RN to BSN nursing degree
- Jennifer Hefner finds confidence in a scholarship
- Nina Huddleston saved a dream for herself
- Amy Martin juggles school and 8 kids!
- Michelle Ward followed her passion to Guatemala
- Job search problems inspire Deborah Sprague to finish her degree
- Jennifer Shaft beats procrastination in online degree completion program
- Tracy Kelley finishes online masters degree in Education at 42
- Jeanna Gump returns to school after 10 years
- Alexandra Farnsworth completes RN to BSN
If you have a story to share, we'd love to hear it! Share your story: How did you know you were ready to go back to school?
If you're an adult dreaming of returning to school, I hope these student profiles inspire you. You're definitely not alone out there. And we've got lots of help if you need it.
- Should you go back to school?
- 5 tips for going back to school as an adult
- 10 things you ought to know about going back to school
- Choosing the right school
- How to get started with an online course
Good luck! Remember, you can find lots of helpful info in the Continuing Ed forum.