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4 Things To Think About Before Going Back To College

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For some reason, a lot of people think going back to college and getting a (or another) four year degree will fix their problems. For some people, it does. For a lot of people, it doesn’t. Here are five questions to ask yourself if going back to college is on your mind.

How will you pay for it?
College is an investment, and it’s expensive. Do you have grants or scholarships? Awesome. If not, you know what you’ll have when you’re done? Debt. If you don’t know how you’ll pay it off, it may not be worth the risk just yet.

Do you have the time for it?
If you have a full-time job now, and/or a family, this will be tough to juggle. Make sure you’re up for the challenge before you dive in.

Would alternative degrees or classes be better?
Online courses and/or two-year colleges can not only save time and money, but they can also sometimes earn higher incomes, too. Checking out local community colleges doesn’t mean you’re a failure–it means you’re planning ahead.

Do you really need a degree for the job you want?
If you can swing it without one–whether it be based on experience, nepotism, apprenticeships, whatever–you may want to try. Using connections doesn’t make you lazy. It makes you resourceful.

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