Perhaps you've been thinking for some time about going back to school, either for the first time or to pick up where you left off, but find yourself waiting - year after year- for the right time to commit to a degree program.
The reality is, there will never be a perfect time to return to school. Balancing work, family and life, in general, will be a factor and things in your life may need to shift to accommodate coursework. But it certainly doesn't mean that a degree is out of reach. In fact, now more than ever, returning students have many choices as they look to find the right program that best suits their path and specific career goals.
Online degree programs provide the flexibility and wide variety of course offerings students need to help them succeed. As a result, online learning is seeing significant growth as today's evolving students opt to pursue a degree on their own terms. A recent study found that the number of students taking online courses grew to 5.8 million across the U.S. and the number continues to rise. Many of those students are also juggling work and family, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, who found that 62 percent of students work either full or part-time and 29 percent have at least one dependent. As a result of this growth and changing student dynamic, there are now many flexible options for returning students as well as a number of proven resources to help students along the way.