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5 Best Practices to Finishing Your Degree After A Hiatus

Woman sitting on the floor working on finishing her degree after a hiatus - Tulane School of Professional Advancement

More students than ever are going back to school after military service, starting a family, or changing careers. The U.S. Department of Education reported that projections for higher education enrollment will peak at 18.5 million students by 2024.

Today, many colleges and universities now accommodate the changing needs of the student population. If you’re considering returning to school to finish a degree, following these five best practices will help you prepare for a successful next step in your career journey.

Research Online Programs To Better Accommodate a Busy Schedule

Especially in the age of remote work, many higher education programs offer completely online degree programs and courses that make it even easier to fit school into a busy schedule. There are multiple high-quality academic programs that are directly relevant to career aspirations. Schools offer courses with flexible schedules that are convenient for working adults at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Leverage Available Financial Assistance

Many returning students qualify for various forms of financial assistance to cover the costs associated with finishing their degree. FAFSA can help students qualify for grants, loans, and other benefits, and many schools offer aid specifically for adults going back to school.

Focus on Expanding Your Professional Network

In addition to the networking benefit of lining up career opportunities, having faculty with professional experience and connections in their respective fields also creates momentum in the right direction. This inside knowledge saves time and money by setting students up on an efficient path toward their specific goals.

Explore Opportunities to Receive Credit for Work Experience

You don't only have to rely on transfer credits to help you reach your professional and educational goals. Inquire academic advisors about opportunities to receive credit for life and work experience and if your background could qualify you. Having a highly diverse student body brings a wide range of perspectives into the classroom, and a wealth of professional experience is an invaluable contribution to the educational environment. Many schools recognize the value of knowledge gained in life and work experience, and offer opportunities to apply those skills toward coursework credits.

Seek Education Benefits for Veterans & Active Duty Military

According to the Million Records Project, some 51% of all veterans have obtained a post-secondary degree or certificate through the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Tulane SoPA is proud to honor veterans with various financial aid options, loans, and other benefits specifically catered uniquely to active duty military, National Guard, Air Guard, reservists and veterans.

Discover what's possible with Tulane School of Professional Advancement. Our programs are designed specifically for adults looking to return to school to finish their degrees, with hybrid and completely online course options. Request more information online today to learn more about opportunities with Tulane SoPA.

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