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If you have been out of school for a long time, can you continue your education?

Topic: Admissions | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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Yes. However, if some of your earned college credits are more than 10 years old, you may find that many schools will not accept them on transfer. If you are considering going back to school, gather up your transcripts and find out what will transfer and what you will need to retake, them decide what school is the best fit for your plans.

Answered by: Upallnight I. | about 4 years ago
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Of course you can. Anyone can choose to go back to school, no matter what their age. Even if you've never stepped foot in a college, you will see that there are more than those just fresh out of high school. People from all walks of life and in all different age groups are choosing to go back to school whether it be to finish a degree or to start on the road to earning one. With the economy the way it is today, its the smartest thing to do since most jobs nowadays require you to have some sort of degree.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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Regardless of how long you've been out of school, if you have transcripts from past institutions, you'll likely gain credit for the work you've already completed. For more specific details about credit transfers, speak with the admissions office of the university that interests you. An admissions officer will be able to give you guidance on how best to proceed.

Answered by: Adamkendallz V. | about 4 years ago
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You can always go back to school to continue your education. However, if you are switching to a new field of study, the new institution may or may not accept your credits from a previous course of study. Sometimes this is due to the content not matching close enough to their current program or the amount of time that has passed since you completed the last course. Going back to school to continue education can be easier than you think. Be sure to check with your current employer for any available tuition assistance and schedule felxibility. Many employers look favorably on an employee with a continuing desire to improve themselves through education.

Answered by: Ben1778 D. | about 4 years ago
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Of course - people take off all of the time. It may take some practice, but it'll all come back to you if you work hard enough. As far as admissions go, they will look at your transcript, but they're not going to evaluate the gap of time that has passed. I think a key strategy to getting into your college is the essay, however. Use the essay to explain that you are more ready than ever for school and that you're entirely motivated to tackle the work. That should speak volumes about your motivation, and any college that overlooks that and refuses you would be foolish...and deserves to be appealed. :) Good luck.

Answered by: Vinny T I. | about 4 years ago
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You can continue at any point that you want, no matter how many years. You'll need to get official transcripts from your previous schools, and you'll probably want to make an appointment with a counselor at the school you want to attend to see what exactly you need to do to enter as a returning student. Even if your grades weren't too good the first time around schools can and will make exceptions based on if they think you'll finish this time.

Answered by: Dream Scaper X. | about 4 years ago
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Sure! I would start slow, with maybe just a few hours for the first semester, to help you get back into the swing of things. I would also try to pair with a friend, someone that you can study with. This way you will have someone to talk to if you ever feel like it is too much.

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | about 4 years ago
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Yes you can. There is no time limitation or age limitation to studies. One has to learn, study and practice untill his death, that's the theory. So nothing to worry if you had lost few years out of school. You might have become more mature and much more able to grasp things faster, though sometimes your previous collegues might make fun of you. Don't Care. Aim for your destination, you will achieve.

Answered by: Jimm34 Z. | about 4 years ago
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It's never too late to continue your education. It's easy to take classes and get yourself on the road to success. Just find a college and apply.

Answered by: Bowz N. | about 4 years ago
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Yes! It's never too late to go back to school. In fact, many schools have programs designed specifically for students like you. Look for keywords like 'non-traditional student', 'adult student' or 'returning student'.

Answered by: Larua46 L. | about 4 years ago
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It depends on the institution you plan on attending and how long you have been out of school. Some schools have an expiration on credits after a certain amount of time, and then the classes have to be retaken. It differs from school to school. If you have only been out 4-5 years, chances are you can still use your old credits. But like I said, it depends on the school. If it is over 8 years, chances are you will have to start over.

Answered by: Boylen33 D. | about 4 years ago
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You can continue at any point that you want, no matter how many years. You'll need to get official transcripts from your previous schools, and you'll probably want to make an appointment with a counselor at the school you want to attend to see what exactly you need to do to enter as a returning student. Even if your grades weren't too good the first time around schools can and will make exceptions based on if they think you'll finish this time.

Answered by: Dream Scaper X. | about 4 years ago
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Sure! I would start slow, with maybe just a few hours for the first semester, to help you get back into the swing of things. I would also try to pair with a friend, someone that you can study with. This way you will have someone to talk to if you ever feel like it is too much.

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | about 4 years ago
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Yes you can. There is no time limitation or age limitation to studies. One has to learn, study and practice untill his death, that's the theory. So nothing to worry if you had lost few years out of school. You might have become more mature and much more able to grasp things faster, though sometimes your previous collegues might make fun of you. Don't Care. Aim for your destination, you will achieve.

Answered by: Jimm34 Z. | about 4 years ago
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It's never too late to continue your education. It's easy to take classes and get yourself on the road to success. Just find a college and apply.

Answered by: Bowz N. | about 4 years ago
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Yes! It's never too late to go back to school. In fact, many schools have programs designed specifically for students like you. Look for keywords like 'non-traditional student', 'adult student' or 'returning student'.

Answered by: Larua46 L. | about 4 years ago
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Of course you can! It's never too late or too long. There are senior citizens who decide to get a college degree even decades after they finished high school. Your ability to learn has not been diminished by time.

Answered by: Janetdunaway99 I. | about 4 years ago
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You can continue your education at any time. When applying for a college after a break, they will usually ask you why you have a gap in between your education. Answer honestly and just let them know that you are ready and motivated to get that degree now!

Answered by: Nycpigeons Q. | about 4 years ago
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Yes, you can always continue your education. There are many people of all different ages who are still attending college. There are even those who could be considered senior citizens who attend college. The only problem is that it is relatively hard to build up the motivation to go back to college once you have left. Try to continue your education as soon as possible.

Answered by: Teller B. | about 4 years ago
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It is NEVER too late to begin your academic career again! If you don't feel comfortable going away to a college, then check out local community colleges or even online courses. When it comes to education and colleges, there is something for everyone.

Answered by: Mighty Spidey L. | about 4 years ago
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Of course you can continue your education. There were/are people that attend my college that ae older than the students. They have adult access class which are during the day and sometimes at night. They will have night classes that you meet once a week for like 3 hours and you will end earlier than a regular semster. If you chose you can attend college during regular hours, too.

Answered by: Kw29 H. | about 4 years ago
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Of course! It is always possible to continue education. If money is an issue, there are special scholarships and loans for returning students. If time is an issue, you can always take only a couple classes at a time. You also could do online classes.

Answered by: Allgrw P. | about 4 years ago
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Of course you can. Anyone can choose to go back to school, no matter what their age. Even if you've never stepped foot in a college, you will see that there are more than those just fresh out of high school. People from all walks of life and in all different age groups are choosing to go back to school whether it be to finish a degree or to start on the road to earning one. With the economy the way it is today, its the smartest thing to do since most jobs nowadays require you to have some sort of degree.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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Oh my goodness yes can you continue your education. There are On-line schools that are easy for anyway to get moving on getting a degree for your future. It is much easier to start with a part time status to get back into the swing of school again. But you can do it, I know plenty of people that have. My mom didn't get her nursing degree until she was 39 years of age. My father is working toward a communication degree in his late 50's. It doesn't matter how old you are, it is always a good idea to continue your education.

Answered by: Paulie J313 G. | about 4 years ago
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Of course! It's never too late to go back to school. While they weren't common or anything, there was people who were in their 30s and 40s in my undergrad classes. It's even more common to see older people in grad school classes. One of the main motivators for older folks to continue their education is that their job has been made obsolete changed by technological progress. Also, there are many professions that require lots of continuing education.

Answered by: Null Terminator N. | about 4 years ago
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Absolutely. Education has little to nothing to do with age in reality, and if you have the motivation to go back to school, go for it! Whether it's for career advancement or just to increase your knowledge, your education should never be something you have to give up. Students who have come back to continue their education are often inspiring to those who are just beginning!

Answered by: Paris587 U. | about 4 years ago
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You can apply for college at any age. Usually if you are out of school for a long time, you'd go to community college first. Then transfer into a 4 year college or university.

Answered by: Cheesycake B. | about 4 years ago
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That's what I did. I was out of school for five years and decided to come back thanks to the recession. It is certainly possible for you to have success.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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You can always further your education! It may take some time to get back into the swing of school, but you can do it. There are many options for continuing education, such as online schooling and night classes.

Answered by: Iamerica N. | about 4 years ago
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You can always continue your education. There are many programs geared specifically towards adults that are returning to school. Online schools are also a great option if you have a busy schedule or have work.

Answered by: Gagel A. | about 4 years ago
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You can continue your education at any age. Some people come back for a completely different degree than what they received the first time through. Others will come back for their masters so that they can further themselves in their current job. There is no age limit to conitinue your education.

Answered by: Nb07 Y. | about 4 years ago
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The answer is yes you can continue school. Age is not a disqualifier. Many colleges accept returning adult students or first time adult students. You will have to apply as a returning student or a transfer student. Visit the college's webiste to find contact information.

Answered by: Cheek F. | about 4 years ago
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It depends on the institution you plan on attending and how long you have been out of school. Some schools have an expiration on credits after a certain amount of time, and then the classes have to be retaken. It differs from school to school. If you have only been out 4-5 years, chances are you can still use your old credits. But like I said, it depends on the school. If it is over 8 years, chances are you will have to start over.

Answered by: Boylen33 D. | about 4 years ago
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You can always continue your education. But you may not be able to pick up where you left off. It depends on your college. For me, any classes that were eight years old wouldn't count towards my degree anymore. So I would have to retake them. You may have to start over if you have been out for too long. Check with your advisor.

Answered by: Boylen33 D. | about 4 years ago
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