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Age Isn't An Issue With College

Mar 26, 2008
Within the past fifteen years, colleges and universities around the United States have seen an influx of older and older students. These students consist of the stay at home mothers that want to learn a career once their children are independent, the laid off business men that were once leaders in their prospering business fields, and the numerous products of failed start up businesses partially in thanks to the below par economy. What makes these past fifteen years really unique is the fact that this has never happened in recent history. Colleges and universities are responding to this influx by giving more financial support to these non-traditional students by offering them deferred loans, lower interest rates, and sometimes cheaper tuition. They are also responding by beginning to offer more night time classes and single-session classes in order to help fit in with any work schedule that may exist.

The United States has an enormous labor pool of millions upon millions of candidates to take jobs, but with the blending of more and more complex technology over the past decade and the surge of immigrants taking lower level jobs, an education past your high school years is vital in securing hopes of landing a job to be proud of. Many jobs, that less than a decade ago demanded only a bachelors, are now requiring a masters to merely be looked at as a potential candidate.

A very possible reason for this demand of higher education is the recession of the economy. Never before has efficiency and productivity been so vital to a company's success. Hiring someone with more education such as a masters over a bachelors implies more productivity, higher quality, and a general sense of more bang for the buck. Not only will your marketability increase, your salary will as well. On average, an individual with a masters is paid thousands of dollars more each year than someone without. So the cost of becoming a student, whether you were for six months or two years, has the potential of quickly being paid back just by the increase in your salary!

What does this all equate to? The sheer fact that it is never too late to be a student. Colleges and universities are becoming aggressive in capturing the non-traditional student market and will often give competitive loans and discounts. There are class schedules designed by most universities to coincide with work and/or family time, and the benefits of taking the step to increase your marketability to employers are profound.

Whether going back to college and taking classes to get a completely new degree, or taking classes to move your bachelors up to a masters, the benefits are in place and students, no matter the age, are feeling the importance of a higher education. The next time you think about going to school and you have that second though that you're too old. Well, you better think again because when it comes to life, age shouldn't be a factor!
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