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Old 04-21-2008, 02:25 PM
 
Location: West Coast
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Default Working full time with kids, but want to go to college?

I've always wondered how people who have been working full time for a long time and have kids go back to college full time? I'm in my early 40's with a child, but I've always wanted to go to college. How do people who have mortgages and bills and kids do that without taking one class at a time, which would probably mean I'm dead before I ever get a degree. LOL. Do any of the financial aid programs available help with living expenses? I just was laid off recently, so have really been wondering about that. But with a child to support, not sure how. Do you guys know if any states offer help to unemployed workers who want to go back to school? Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 04-21-2008, 05:51 PM
 
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My company has tuition reimbursement; which is a huge help. Unfortunately it is one class at a time!
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Old 04-21-2008, 05:57 PM
 
Location: West Coast
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My company has tuition reimbursement; which is a huge help. Unfortunately it is one class at a time!
LOL. That's what I'm afraid of.
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Old 04-21-2008, 07:54 PM
 
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I was able to manage a f/t position and what is "technically" considered a f/t course load (12-13hrs) with the kiddo, but it wasn't a very pleasant experience (i.e., extremely stressful), and I had support from my child's father for most of that time.
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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I know a single mom who got an MA and a law degree. She lived with her parents while she got her MA, and had a constructive relationship with the child's father. I think her daughter might have been 5 by the time she started law school. I'm not sure how she handled law school, since it was far away from her folks and the dad, but she got her degree and is now practicing law.
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Old 04-24-2008, 07:13 AM
 
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I work full time, carry the equivalent of a full time classload, and have a nearly 2 year old daughter. My financial aid assists with non-school expenses, but not a ton because I work full time and get financial assistance from work as well.
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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You can do it if you set your mind to it. I went to college after a lay-off raising 2 kids alone. I was a full time student and worked part time jobs. It took me about 7 yrs. to get my B.S. tho. You will have to cut expenses first. We had no cable tv, phone, etc. Apply for State finincial aid, grants, loans and schlorships. The internet is a great tool in finding financial help. Good luck to you.
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Old 04-24-2008, 09:45 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Yout might want to consider online schools as well. Many of these schools are accredited and offer a flexible problem that suits your particular situation. They are generally cheaper and offer financing options.

At one time, one didn't have the option of getting a degree entirely online, but I think it is such a great thing now. I went to a prestigious undergrad university, but got my MSCS online. It was an excellent program and really boosted my career. I have a friend who got his law degree online through Taft Law and is now practicing law in CA. He has three kids and is older, so it can be done.
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Old 04-25-2008, 11:39 AM
 
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Yout might want to consider online schools as well. Many of these schools are accredited and offer a flexible problem that suits your particular situation. They are generally cheaper and offer financing options.

At one time, one didn't have the option of getting a degree entirely online, but I think it is such a great thing now. I went to a prestigious undergrad university, but got my MSCS online. It was an excellent program and really boosted my career. I have a friend who got his law degree online through Taft Law and is now practicing law in CA. He has three kids and is older, so it can be done.

That's a good idea. I do spend lots of time on the internet. LOL.
Are there any that are better than others? I always here people make disparaging comments about the Univ. of Phoenix (Think that's the one that has a lot of online programs?). I think I'll look into the online, at least for some of the math and stuff I need to catch up on.
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Old 04-26-2008, 05:05 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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That's a good idea. I do spend lots of time on the internet. LOL.
Are there any that are better than others? I always here people make disparaging comments about the Univ. of Phoenix (Think that's the one that has a lot of online programs?). I think I'll look into the online, at least for some of the math and stuff I need to catch up on.
Depends on what you want to pursue. I earned my Masters degree from American Sentinel University (www.americansentinel.edu). There are others though, but I found this one very reputable. I learned a great deal, the professors were excellent and very responsive, and it boosted my career. Noone ever asks me where I got my degree. It is accredited and that's the critical part.

Another is Walden University. It is more expensive with a different format.
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