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Four FAQs of Nontraditional Students

April 22, 2015 On-Line Learning, SBC-Online 0 Comments

Believe it or not, nontraditional students make up the majority of individuals enrolled in online degree programs. Whether you took time off before pursuing a degree, can only commit to a part-time schedule or have a family depending on you, you are not alone. In fact, you're in good company: The Wall Street Journal reports 71 percent of those enrolled in college are neither full-time, four-year nor between 18 and 21.

Four FAQs of Nontraditional StudentsAs you move forward in pursuit of a degree, take a look at these frequently asked questions and how they can point you in the right direction.

Can I Go to College with a GED?

Yes, you can. A GED certificate is the equivalent of a high school diploma, and passing the GED indicates you are prepared to move forward with your education. Consider applying for an associate degree in your chosen area. A two-year program paves the way for more opportunities, whether it's in the form of more technical training or a bachelor's degree.

Is It Possible to Work and Pursue a Degree at the Same Time?

Most students attend classes part time while working full time. In response, degree programs have shifted to meet the demand for flexible schedules, offering classes that work around your other obligations. You can also choose the number of classes you take, ensuring that you're not taking on more than you can handle in your daily life. Many students also spread out their courses over a few years to make their workload more manageable.

How Can I Balance My Degree Program With Parenthood?

Because students today often have children and families while they pursue their degree, online degree programs allow you to work from the comfort of your home. This minimizes any extra time away from your loved ones. With this type of flexibility, you can work while your children are napping or after they go to sleep. Graduating from an online curriculum can also qualify you for more technical positions, which could be in the best interest of your family as their lives become more complex.

Am I Eligible for Loans or Financial Aid?

There are many ways to receive financial support while enrolled in a degree program: scholarship opportunities, grants, loans, tuition reimbursement and even federal work-study programs. To learn more about your eligibility, reach out to a financial aid counselor.

Nontraditional students have the advantage of life experience within their coursework to help them move forward both in the classroom and once they've earned their online degrees. With a world of opportunity around the corner, why wait?

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