The Cost of Going Back to School as an Adult
Kerry Hannon, The New York Times
When Colleen O’Bryant pivoted from her job as operations manager at an insurance firm to start her own business as an herbalist, her training came with a steep price tag.
Career shifts like O’Bryant’s typically require a skill boost and a sizable tuition tab that can be tough to fund, and an increasing number of workers are facing that reality whether they’re heading back to school to follow a passion or out of necessity.
While some students can cover tuition bills with personal savings, other resources for adult learners include employer tuition assistance, grants, scholarships, "experiential" credit learned through work and life, and discounted or free tuition at some institutions.