Is it Too Late to go Back to School at 30?

February 20, 2019
30 year old student

It’s never too late to earn a degree. A college education is a smart investment — and one that is not bound by age. Today’s colleges and universities recognize an incredible opportunity to educate adult and returning students. A degree does not always have to be earned on a traditional track, and this reality has been a driving force in the wave of online and distance learning opportunities.

Many institutions have also built out robust night programs, as well as hybrid and blended courses, to allow students with complex schedules the chance to complete their degree.

Need more convincing?

Here are a few great reasons to consider going back to school (even after thirty):

Investing in Your Future

No matter how you slice it, a college degree brings in more money. Maybe that’s not the motivator you need, but that truth remains constant. In this tumultuous, uncertain economy, it’s never a risky bet to protect your financial future.

The pay gap between those with and without a degree continues to grow each year. It’s no mystery, then, why so many adults are returning to school. They want to be on the other side of that line.

Investing in Your Future

Soft, Hard, and Critical Skills

A college education is more than earning a degree. The skills you learn in college prepare you to speak with purpose, to write with conviction, and to engage with others in a formal and collaborative manner. These are the skills that employers look for.

Employers want to see that you have developed into a well-rounded individual who can tackle workplace issues with grace and professionalism. No matter what degree you choose, your college education should align with these values.

The Necessary Tools

There is no shame in earning your degree outside of the traditional college track. What does have to be understood is a different set of tools that will be needed in order to achieve this success.

Unlike most traditional college students who are not bound by families and full-time jobs, returning students often have to employ a greater level of commitment and determination to their goal. That is not to take away from the demands of traditional undergraduate education. But, it is meant to highlight an extra level of grit that is required by those who are juggling more external commitments, like families and jobs.

Eye on the Prize

Why do you want to go back to school? Have you actually determined the real reason? Dig deep and find that purpose; make it known and keep it close. This will become a powerful stimulus when the process seems tough or impossible. College, especially later in the game, can be difficult; don’t let go of the reason why you want your degree. Let that dream push you forward through every obstacle.

Going Back to School at 30

There are plenty of reasons why students wait to start, or even finish, their degree. Sometimes, there are circumstances that get in the way of education. Families, illnesses, financial woes — all of these are valid reasons to put off college. And many times, it’s these very circumstances that drive a wedge between traditional undergraduate students and returning learners.

There seems to be a substantial gap between life experiences, and this can cause many older students to feel disconnected from the college experience. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.

There are plenty of non-traditional students seeking a degree. It doesn’t matter what the age, the end goal is the same. If you are one of those older students looking to start or finish your degree, know that you can do this! It will take commitment and determination, but it is not an impossible feat.

To learn more, check out our professional studies programs for adults. Feel free to browse the WPU directory to find the department or person you wish to contact.