What’s some advice for an adult who has never gone to college?

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I want to improve my situation and I feel education would help with this. Problem is, I have no idea how to go about it. I have a decent job, and not too much debt, but I think a college degree would help improve things. I don’t have very good credit, though. I really have no clue as to where to start. How do I get money? How do I manage a full-time job and classes? I really feel scared and a bit bewildered. Any advice or resources you know of?

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    ! c@n+ f33l my f@c3
    September 2, 2011 at 2:11 am

    ummm…u can apply for financial aid. i feel like im headed in ur direction soon. as for ur job u can take classes online, at night on the weekend etc.

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    Ashley
    September 2, 2011 at 2:47 am

    Many many many people are in your same boat. I would recommend starting at a community college. First, make an appointment with the counseling off to share your concerns and goals. An adviser would be more then happy to help you feel more comfortable. With a full-time job, I wouldn’t recommend more then 1 or two classes per semester. Good luck! 🙂

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    Michael C
    September 2, 2011 at 3:43 am

    First, congrats on wanting to better yourself. I was the same way 2 years ago. I made decent money, no real debt, but I wasn’t challenged at all and wanted to do something else.
    I went back to college.
    First, go to your local community college and check to see your requirements because you are probably going to have to be tested for english and math classes. Don’t be discouraged if you have to start from the easier classes. You are going to need a refresher. I started back in beginning algebra, and I forgot EVERYTHING since high school. The beginning courses got me through to where I am now, Trig and Calculus.
    After that, go meet with a guidance counselor. They can help you get started on finding a major, and selecting courses you may need. This will be done after the testing session for admission.
    Financial Aid is going to be a must. You need to go to the financial aide office and meet with an advisor to find out about student loans. From there, you have an entire different kind of filing to get the ball rolling. Financial aide will need to see things like last years taxes and whatnot.
    Once that gets approved, you will find some classes and register! It’s very overwhelming, but you will see that it really isn’t not bad. It goes along pretty quick. I think it is better to get life experience first and then attempt school. You can relate to the material a bit easier and you will be more focused.

    Good luck!

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