Students with a desire to return to college after working and raising a family often think they are too old to go to college. They worry about paying tuition. And they think they may not have what it takes to do well in classes.
To the contrary, the life experiences of adult students enhance their ability to learn. Their drive and desire to succeed combined with the advantage of their life experiences and time management skills result in excellent course grades.
Returning adult students are popular with college faculty. They are a joy to teach according to Cassandra Farrell, an adjunct history instructor at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia. Their life experiences add new dimensions to classroom discussions. And their dedication is especially welcome to college faculty.
Older students have access to the most of the same grants and loans that are typically awarded to traditional aged students. So financing a college education is also easier than most expect it to be.
Going back to college is an opportunity for adults to change careers or start a new one or just experience the lifetime dream of a college education. There are many adults in college who are just there to learn and expand their knowledge now that they have time to do just that. And some states, like Virginia, offer tuition breaks for some senior citizens interested in attending public colleges (income limitations and enrollment restrictions apply).
So if you want to go back to college or attend college for the first time...it is not too late. In fact, now may be the very best time of life to begin your academic adventure.