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Going to College As an Adult

Preparing for college as an adult can be a daunting task. Today, it is much more flexible to become a student whether you have attended college before or never attended.

1) Most colleges now offer day, evening, and night classes. For those who are unable to attend on campus there are online and sometimes video classes available. In some areas there are satellite locations.

2) Textbooks are one of the biggest costs behind tuition. They can be directly purchased from the college bookstore, but also rented or even traded (once you begin attending classes and meeting your classmates). Checkout the campus bulletin boards. Talk to professors since they may be flexible and willing to accept previous editions which can reduce the cost greatly.

3) Even if you are not required to take a college life or study skills class consider taking one. This can be a very helpful class to take especially if you are in need of organizing your time, learn how to study proficiently or what to expect in college.

4) Ask for a tour of the college. Learning where certain services are located, where specific classes are can be helpful.

5) Study your college’s website thoroughly. You can learn so much about your campus. College events, services, even campus organizations can be located here.

6) Are you wondering how to pay for college? First you want to fill out the FAFSA located at the FAFSA.gov website. Even if you are going to apply for scholarships available at your college, do work study or student loans, this is going to be required.

7) Find out if your college offers any services or support for non-traditional students. Some colleges have organizations to help adults, provide events catered to them and even scholarships to adults who want to further their education.

8) Once you know who your advisor is, schedule a meeting, write questions down and ask them. Remember to ask for a business card, write down their office schedule as well as the best way and time to contact them in the future.

9) Tutoring is readily available at most campuses. Visit your student services department to learn more about it. Ask your professors if you feel you will need tutoring. Students may form study groups as well.

10) If you don’t have a good computer, printer or internet access at home, your college campus will. Colleges typically have several computer labs including in the library. Your fees pay for this! They also will have most of the software required in classes. Ask your professors, peers and librarian.