It’s always been standard to start college after high school, but certain events can happen in life that put college on hold. Being a single parent, not being able to afford tuition, or just lack of desire all inhibit starting college.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “thirty-eight percent of all college students are now 25 or older.” Furthermore, students of the University of Phoenix average 35 to 37 years old.
This raises the question, why is the age of a college student steadily increasing? There are a few theories.
1. Online Availability
Since a classroom does not bind you anymore, it allows you to complete your courses within your own time and since the Internet is available in so many places, you can take classes at UCLA from New York.
2. Workforce Investment Act
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) encourages “adult education and literacy programs.” Although this program was created in 1998, it seems to be coming back into style and encouraging adult education, especially in this tough economy.
3. The importance of a degree
It seems as though a bachelor’s degree is the new high school diploma. According to an article from US News, a bachelor’s degree is worth about $300,000. The article goes further to say that a college graduate makes about $20,000 more per year than someone with a high school diploma.
4. Changing Environment
Technology and the world around us is changing so rapidly. It’s important that people stay educated on current trends regardless of the field they are going into.
So whether you’re 25 or 55, education is always an option. It seems that there are more pros than cons when it comes to going to school, so why not?