I think this is a question that most adults over the age of 25 ask themselves if they did not attend and complete college right after high school. I sit back nearly one year after finally finishing my degree and remember the multitude of times I asked myself that question. I can laugh now at the times I said yes, I do need a degree but could never put together the effort to do something about it. I can also laugh at those people who thought I would never finish. It is my belief that, no matter the sacrifice, no matter how much time you must invest, and no matter how long it might take you, it is ultimately beneficial and rewarding to attain your bachelor's degree.
[...] In all seriousness, I am sure that your partner will sacrifice as much as you do to see you get a better job and make more money. Attaining your degree is not just for you; it is for your whole family. Believe me when I say there will be some tough times ahead. I fondly remember the nights my wife waited for me at her parent's house. We live 30 miles from where we both worked and where I went to school and we carpooled to work every day. [...]
[...] Institutions like Sallie Mae will try to qualify you for a loan and then you don't have to pay it back until you stop going to school (hopefully when you get your degree). Finally, look at secured or unsecured loans from primary lending sources. If you have very good credit, you can probably go down to your bank and get a loan or refinance your mortgage. If your credit is not so good, you may have to go to some secondary lenders that charge a higher interest rate. [...]
[...] You have to ask yourself, much is this degree really going to cost me and how can I afford Begin by asking these questions: Do you need to keep working full-time to pay the bills? How is your spouse going to accept the fact that you are now planning to be away from home all day for your job as well as two to five evenings a week at school? How is your spouse going to accept that the nights you are not at school and on weekends that you will most likely be doing homework? [...]
[...] Your family can be a great resource while attending school and generally will pick up any of the small tasks you used to perform as long as they know it is for the short term. Yourself Finally, determine if you are really ready to make this sacrifice to improve your life. Some people are the type who will talk about something forever but never really do anything about it. Others jump right in and do whatever it takes to get ahead. [...]
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