Working adults often have many valid hesitations about going back to school. Local higher education leaders answer a few of the most frequently asked questions to help with the transition.

What options do I have for financial aid?
“CVCC offers information concerning financial aid for all students, including the Office of Workforce Development. There is no better time for accessing funding and it is easy to qualify. Workforce staff are equipped to assist students to determine eligibility.” – Dye

“The University of Lynchburg has a variety of options for financial aid. Options include scholarships, federal loans, grants, and graduate assistantships. Depending on which program you are interested in pursuing, our graduate admissions staff can work to identify the specific aid that best meets your needs.” – Cook

“At Liberty University, we believe everyone should have an equal opportunity to pursue higher education, and it’s our job to keep that education affordable. Graduate students have access to unsubsidized loans, PLUS loans, and grant options, depending on eligibility.” – Holt

Is it worth the investment of time, energy, and money?
“Students benefit from continuing their education by learning new skills and earning industry recognized credentials. Many students are afforded new career pathways, rewarding career transitions, career advancement opportunities, more confidence as they strive for future successes. Students also demonstrate to their children, families, and others their commitment to education, which is empowering for everyone.” – Dye

“The purpose of graduate school is to develop expertise in a specific academic subject. Graduate school is an investment in your future and often acts as the academic version of professional training, enabling students to graduate with all the right knowledge to be ready to jump straight into their desired careers. Grad school can allow you to better position yourself for more opportunities for advancement in your career.” – Cook

“Absolutely! As a graduate student, you will leave Liberty University skilled and confident, ready to serve others and make a lasting impact on your profession. For those interested in Liberty’s noncredit programs, our courses allow you to advance your current skillset or enter a new career field.” – Holt

How can I make this work while working full time?
“Many students are working, have families, and are fulfilling many responsibilities outside of class. CVCC Workforce Programs are designed for busy individuals and working professionals. Most Workforce students are balancing life’s commitments while achieving their educational and training goals.” – Francie Dye,
CVCC Office of Workforce Development

“Time management can play a critical role in success. My advice would be to go back to the basics: 1.) Create a calendar, 2.) Map out your routine, 3.) Get a sense of how your time is being used, and 4.) Find spaces throughout the week to insert other activities, such as school. Lastly, communication can be key. If you communicate your needs with faculty and your employer, it can help balance family-work-school demands.” – Savannah Cook, University of Lynchburg Graduate Studies

“Liberty University offers hundreds of online degrees taught in a flexible virtual classroom environment, allowing you to complete assignments on your own schedule. Similarly, Liberty’s noncredit programs provide online, self-paced options to complete at your convenience.” – Katherine Holt,
LU Center for Professional and Continuing Education