There are many single parents out there today who are looking for a better way to pay their bills or to pursue a career that was interrupted earlier on by their decision to start a family. It isn’t just moms who are making the choice to go back to college today. There are also a large number of dads who are either raising the kids on their own or who aren’t making a good enough income to secure their financial future. Going back to school can offer a lot of benefits to any parent but it can be more challenging than expected without essential planning.
Options for Parents to Become Students
Depending on the desired course of study, parents may be able to pursue all, or part, of their education online. These options have grown due to the growing number of people who don’t have the time or money to pursue a traditional education. It is important for students to note that online courses may require work or exams on location and that they may not have the same accreditation as a real university. Always research the school offering the courses and be aware of the requirements before signing up.
Some parents find it easier to take courses at night or during the evenings or weekends. This option allows them to continue their current job and care for kids during the day and leave the kids with a caregiver while they are at school. Make sure the schedule won’t interfere with social events that are important to the kids.
Traditional College Students
Nothing compares to a traditional college education on campus. Find out what services are offered to parents such as on-campus daycare services during class times or testing schedules.
The most important tool for any parent returning to school is a strong support system. Whether it is the other parent or close family members or friends who are willing to help out, they are the ones who will ease the stress of going back to school and allow them to study without the guilt that parents too often feel.