Single mothers, stay-at-home moms, working fathers and divorced couples may find that the idea of going back to college is overwhelming. After all, if you already have a family, a job and children who demand a lot of your attention, you may feel that the opportunity to go to college is out of your reach. Fortunately, with online college degrees, the opportunity to go to school is well within your grasp.
You can apply to an online college and earn your degree from home. One of the best reasons to apply to an online school is simply that you can learn at your own pace. This means that if your kids need a nap, you can do your homework while they sleep. If you have to work an expected shift, you can make sure to do your schoolwork ahead of time. Don't let the financial cost of college turn you away from college.
While many students choose to take out student loans, there are a variety of other options available. For example, you can fill out the FAFSA and apply for scholarships and grants that will help with the cost of your tuition and fees. Additionally, many colleges offer a number of scholarships for new and transfer students. Students who have special skills or are part of a minority group may also qualify for student scholarships. Ask your guidance counselor or financial aid adviser about scholarship opportunities that you qualify for.
Finally, make sure that when you decide to go to school online that you do not take too many classes. Some students feel overly eager and take a full course load. Realize that you may not be ready for a full course load and that it's okay. If you have a heavy work schedule or your children are high need, you may need to take just a few classes at a time or even just one class at a time. This is perfectly fine and a good way to get your feet wet when it comes to college. If you ever feel overwhelmed with college or any of your classes, you can speak with your professors. Most professors are willing to speak with students through email, chat or over the phone to help their students feel comfortable with the class, the homework and any assignments. If you ever don't understand anything, make sure you ask your teacher to clarify it for you.