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Old 09-01-2017, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Straddling two worlds
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My mom went back to school at 50 years old and got a master's degree in social work after working in accounting for 30 years. She worked 22 years in her second profession, loved it, and retired at 74 years old. She always said she wished she had changed careers sooner and it was never too late to pursue a passion.

Mom also said she kept her mouth shut most of the time in class discussions.
Good for her!!
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Old 09-01-2017, 06:43 PM
 
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forgot to mention that my roommate just got his masters. He will be 71 this month. He is thinking of going to law school. He loves it.
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Old 09-01-2017, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Straddling two worlds
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So are folks paying full tuition? Student loans? How are you managing the cost? (Aside from GI bills and Golden parachutes )
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Old 09-02-2017, 08:24 AM
 
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My noncredit coursework that will lead to my TESOL certificate are $395 per course. I could have taken graduate level university courses to get the same certificate, but they are $1500 per course. I already have an MBA so not interested in paying a lot of money for another degree at this stage in my life.
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Old 09-02-2017, 09:23 AM
 
Location: God's Country
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Retired at 53 and up to now have not had any interest in school.


Now at 73, I wonder if I did go back, could meet chicks.


Oops, saying that is not PC today.


Sorry.
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Old 09-02-2017, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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Retired at 53 and up to now have not had any interest in school.


Now at 73, I wonder if I did go back, could meet chicks.


Oops, saying that is not PC today.


Sorry.
Sure, if you study poultry farming!
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Old 09-02-2017, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Paranoid State
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It was quite a long time ago, but when I was a freshman living in the dorms there was an elderly woman living in the dorms who was taking classes working on her BA. She was rather frail, but had all her mental faculties. At the time I thought it bizarre, but in hindsight I think it was wonderful.
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Old 09-02-2017, 10:40 AM
 
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I'll be taking courses for pleasure, but might go the full credit route someday.

Interestingly enough, this semester NY has instituted the Excelsior Scholarship, which is free tuition to every resident (I don't know how long you have to have already lived in the state prior to registration; I assume it's in line with tuition aid requirements) making under $125k. The "catch" is you have to take 30 credits a year AND upon graduating, have to live in the state for the amount of time it took you to earn the degree.

More here: Do you qualify for New York's new free tuition program? | NewYorkUpstate.com
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Old 09-02-2017, 11:56 AM
 
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Retired at 53 and up to now have not had any interest in school.


Now at 73, I wonder if I did go back, could meet chicks.


Oops, saying that is not PC today.


Sorry.
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Sure, if you study poultry farming!

Good one, Brutha Moon!!!!
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Old 09-02-2017, 02:05 PM
 
Location: North Oakland
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Over 55 and Going Back to School—Necessity or Pleasure?
In my case, pleasure. I started taking Osher classes this year. Some classes are taught by people who also take classes; some are regular courses offered by the various universities who sponsor Osher programs. This semester, I'm auditing a graduate School of Music class at Carnegie Mellon University in Mahler Symphonies, as well as classes in Italian and the Lyricists of the Great American Songbook. All stuff I love. No tests. No papers. No grades. Just learning and appreciating.

The Bernard Osher Foundation | Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

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