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We applaud you for the value you are placing on your education and assure you we are here to help you! From our experts in Career and Employability Resources to those who lead our many career programs, we are here to work with you as you determine the best pathway for yourself and the many responsibilities you are already juggling. Here are a few tips to get you started on your re-entry to the world of higher education.


  • Make a plan (and even a back-up plan or two) to ensure your long-term success. Consider responsibilities and challenges you may face, such as childcare or care for a parent, transportation issues, social or religious obligations, irregular work hours or household chores. Who can help you? Do you have a support system?
  • Prepare for homework. When you consider the time commitments you are juggling and the added time you’ll be in class, don’t forget to add in homework and study time. The traditional rule-of-thumb is for each hour you spend in class, you should spend 2-3 hours outside of class studying. Also, be certain you have a dedicated space to study that has all the supplies you’ll need.
  • Get a handle on your finances. College is an investment, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. Apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There is no age limit for federal or state aid. Determine ahead of time where you can cut back on expenses. Meet with an expert to help improve your financial literacy. Tri-County offers this service for free in the Money Management Center.
  • Check out some of the success stories of students who started out on a crossroads very similar to the one you’re currently facing: