You’ve considered attending graduate (grad) school, but are wondering if the investment is worth it. Grad school means about two more years of higher education, but the per credit costs and fees are greater than undergraduate school and your financial aid options are limited.
It is a fact that college graduates are finding it difficult to launch their careers. Despite officially lower unemployment numbers, record numbers of Americans are not in the workforce. Moreover, job growth is weak with the best growth occurring in the service sector.
With the cost of higher education as high as it is, students should apply for college scholarships to help defray their expenses. Billions of dollars in college scholarship money is offered every year with awards ranging from one-time gifts of a few hundred dollars to full-ride scholarships at top-notch universities.
When older adults return to college, they’re often labeled as “non-traditional students.” That means these individuals do not fit into the usual 18-24-year-old age category that describes the traditional college student, although not necessarily the “average” college student these days.
If you are in college or planning to attend college, the acronym FAFSA should be familiar to you. FAFSA stands for Free Application For Student Aid, a form used by the US Department of Education to determine financial need, particularly your “expected family contribution” or EFC. FAFSA conducts a “need analysis” based on your income, assets and other household information.
You need to take good care of yourself! That statement may be obvious to most people, but it has a certain urgency for college students. After all, if you miss too many classes because of health problems you may find it difficult to keep pace for the semester.