In the world of education, an increasing number of schools and colleges are offering various degrees and courses aimed at adult learners. In many cases, these working professionals can now acquire their degree in less time than it would take the average student.

 Here’s How

For example, at Pace University’s adult degree program, students are allowed up to 36 credits based on their work or life experience. These credits are assessed through a portfolio that students create under the direction of the instructor. Depending on the school’s requirements, the portfolio might consist of the student’s resume, an autobiography, or a narrative that relates to the coursework. In addition, recently obtained licenses, certifications, training, and corporate development classes might be seen as transferable skills and added to your transcript.  Hence, a successful portfolio can shave off about ten to sixteen three-credit courses which equates to an entire semester.

I Don’t Let Your Fears Stop You

Before considering returning to school, many adults must first overcome the fears that, for years, have overpowered their vision to return to school. For some, the thought of returning at the age of 45 – 50 can be daunting. Many adults wonder if they will be able to fit in. Some worry about the amount of time that it will take, or about what others might think about their plans to return. In short, the uncertainties of returning to school brings them to a full stop, where every reason not to return, is a good enough reason not to move forward.


If you are on this path of uncertainty or doubt, I want you to know that it is never too late for you to return to school. This decision will introduce you to a multitude of experiences that you will never forget.

  • Returning to school will present you with the opportunity to refine your skills and acquire new knowledge that will be useful in your current workplace

  • Returning to school will help your brain to remain sharp and active, especially while discussing the experiences of both past and present.

  • Returning to school is a one-stop strategy for a career transition.

  • Returning to school is also an effective way to tackle the hitches of loneliness, isolation, and depression.


Though change can be scary, change can also be good. It is okay and natural to feel anxious, excited, nervous and apprehensive. Remember, you had to overcome these feelings before in some shape or form, and you got through it. It is time to put all the excuses to the side and move forward.

As you approach your later years, you know that regardless of the issues that you are going through, everything that you do should be about what you want to do with the rest of your life. It’s time to shock and prepare the folks in your life with responses that signify that change with respect to your life and your availability is coming.  Here is what this might sound like

  • Sorry, I can’t watch the kids, I’m going back to school. (Powerful)

  • Sorry, I can’t lend you any money, I’m going back to school. (Empowering)

  • Sorry, I can’t go out tonight, I have a class tomorrow. (Focused)

 How will I pay for school

 There will be a cost associated with your decision to return to school.  Depending on the school that you will be enrolled in, this cost can be rather high. This should not discourage you from attending as this cost should be seen as an investment in yourself.  Remember, it’s all about you right now.  Before looking into a student government loan,  I would check with your HR department to see if your job has a tuition reimbursement program. I would also search for scholarships and grants that focus on adult education.

 Just Do It

Find something that you are passionate about, and then find a school and start working towards obtaining your degree, because it’s never too late to learn.  So, come on! Let’s do it!