Going back to school after a hiatus can be a scary decision. You may think it's out of your price range or that you could never make time in your busy schedule. But fear not, UW Colleges makes going back to school easy and affordable. In fact, 21.3 percent of all UW Colleges students are 24 or older. If you are still on the fence, here are a few reasons why it's never too late to go back to school.
1. Improve your employability
Earning a degree can significantly impact your employment opportunities after graduation. Learn new skills and information necessary to be successful in today's ever-changing job market. According to Georgetown University's Center of Education and the Workforce (CEW), graduates with an associate degree earn nearly 33 percent more than those with only a high school diploma. Graduation with a degree from UW Colleges shows educational initiative and tells employers that you have the skills necessary to be successful.
2. Learn from dedicated faculty and enjoy small class sizes
Every university claims that they offer the most personalized education around. But at UW Colleges, we mean it and students experience it every day. Class sizes average about 20 students per professor, which allows students to develop quality relationships with faculty both in and out of the classroom. Speaking of faculty, as a student at UW Colleges, you will learn from experts in their respective fields with the majority holding Ph.D.'s and other high-level degrees. These professors are dedicated to providing the best education possible and ensuring that their students are successful.
3. Don't break the bank
Making sure that you can afford to go back to school is a big factor in the decision to pursue an education. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, between the 2004-2005 and 2014-2015 school years, the price of undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board at public institutions rose 33 percent. However, earning a degree with UW Colleges is not only convenient but also affordable. UW Colleges offers the lowest tuition and fees in the UW System and offers various resources to help you finance your education.
4. Be happier
Earning a degree is a self-validating experience. You may have doubts about going back to school and you are not alone. But UW Colleges has professors and advisors that are here to support and challenge you and help you to be successful. Going back to school is self-empowering and the success you find will only spill over into other areas of your life as well.