Never Too Late: The Adult Student's Guide to College

Never Too Late: The Adult Student's Guide to College

by Rebecca Klein-Collins


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A smart, snappy, and comprehensive guide for the millions of adults who are thinking about going—or going back—to college and want to know how to do it right

As anyone who has done it knows, going back to school is a major undertaking. For younger and older adults alike, starting or returning to school presents different challenges than those encountered by teens fresh out of high school and heading straight to college. Countless Americans take on this task while working, raising kids, caring for parents, volunteering, serving in the military—and in some cases all of the above. Although the “non-traditional” undergraduate student is in fact the new normal, the glut of college guides out there don’t include practical advice for the busy moms, frustrated employees, and ambitious adults who are applying to college or hoping to finish earning a degree.

Never Too Late will help readers jump-start a new professional path or speed down the one they’re already on by guiding them through vital questions: What should I study? How can I afford the time and money required to get a college degree? How do I compare schools? With key chapters on flexibility (“It’s About Time!” and “Face-to-Face or Cyberspace?”) and rankings of the best colleges for grown-ups diving back into the books, Never Too Late is an essential reference for adults seeking a richer life—and a meaningful place in our rapidly changing economy and world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620973219
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 12/18/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 612,997
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Rebecca Klein-Collins is the associate vice president of research at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, a group that aims to enhance learning opportunities for adults around the world. She holds degrees from the University of Chicago, Indiana University, and Grinnell College and lives in Naperville, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Going Back to College: The Decision, Now the Questions 1

Chapter 2 You. An Adult. In College. Is This Really Happening? 8

Chapter 3 Why Do You Want to Go Back to School? 19

Chapter 4 Tips for Exploring New Career Options 25

Chapter 5 Making Sense of the College Landscape 46

Chapter 6 Comparing Colleges and Programs 68

Chapter 7 Smart Ways to Pay: Tuition as an Investment in Your Future 80

Chapter 8 It's About Time!: Finding the Program That Fits Your Schedule and Timeline 102

Chapter 9 Face-to-Face or Cyberspace: Deciding What Works for You 116

Chapter 10 Why Learn It Twice? 129

Chapter 11 Apply Yourself: Navigating the Admissions Process 148

Chapter 12 From Service to School: Resources for Veterans and Their Dependents 159

Chapter 13 Getting College Support to Succeed 183

Chapter 14 What If My Skills Are Rusty? 197

Chapter 15 Lean on Them … Your Personal Support System 206

Acknowledgments 219

Appendix A College Rankings for the Adult Learner 222

Appendix B Glossary 346

Appendix C Tips as You Start Your Studies 360

Appendix D Adult Learners Interviewed for This Book 367

References 372

About the Authors 374

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