Higher Education Guide: Part-Time vs. Full-Time

I have seen a some really good students finish one of my classes looking totally and completely exhausted.  I asked them: “Is everything okay?”  They would tell me what was going on in their life at the moment.  I was shocked at their responses.  Most of them had full-time jobs, were supporting their families, and attempting to go to school full-time all at once.  When do they have time for studying and doing homework? Should these students have gone to school part-time instead?  The decision to go to school part-time or full-time is a personal one.

If working is not optional for you, then you may want to consider going to school part-time.  Some colleges and universities have some financial aide and scholarships for students who go to school at least half-time.  This is something you would have to investigate before applying.  Some colleges even have specialized programs for working adults.  I choose to go to school part-time because I knew that working was not optional for me and I needed extra time to manage my chronic illness.

Going to school full-time can also have a lot of benefits.  One of the most important is more opportunities for scholarships, grants, financial aide, teaching assistantships, or research assistantships.  Taking on a full course load is a lot of work.  Make sure you consider methods of managing your chronic illness while going to school full-time.

You need to investigate both options and decide which makes sense for your own situation.


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