A college degree is an admirable goal for anyone, but is going to school the right thing for you? Here are a few questions and answers that may help you decide.
1. Can I afford to go to college? The real question is, can you afford not to? Many schools—Tiffin University (TU) included—offer payment plans, as well as, scholarships, grants, discounts and financial aid to put a degree within reach.
2. Can I use college credits I earned in the past? Every school’s different, but many will help you transfer credits to reduce your tuition costs and allow you to graduate faster. TU’s college transcript database makes it especially easy.
3. What if I need academic help? Going back to school after being away for a while can be a challenge, especially if you have a job, a family and other responsibilities to worry about. Find out if the school you’re considering offers academic support, like tutors, counselors or student advisors.
4. What about accreditation? You’ve pgrarobably heard of “diploma mills,” which are companies that sell you a degree without the legitimate education to go along with it. Make sure your school is accredited by agencies approved by the U.S. Department of Education. TU, for example, gets the nod from the Higher Learning Commission and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.
5. What happens after I graduate? It’s okay if you don’t have your whole life after college mapped out. Good schools, including many online universities like TU, have career services departments to help you figure out where you want to go and how to get there.
6.Should I worry about a school’s reputation? Absolutely—not just for your own peace of mind, but because employers may give more consideration to candidates from respected schools. Ask friends, co-workers and business people in the community what they think of the schools on your short list.
6.Can I make school work with my life? This might be the most important question of all. Flexible class schedules, the ability to study online or on campus and great technology allow people to go back to school without risking their jobs or shortchanging their families. It’s an adjustment, for sure, but thousands of people make it work every day.
Pursuing a degree is a commitment. Ask yourself the right questions and you’ll make the right decision for yourself, your family and your future.