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The benefits of going back to college for a mother

Updated: October 6, 2016

Going back to school after you’ve had children has so many benefits. Whether your child or children are still very young, or if they’re in school or college themselves, it’s never too late to further your own education and reap the rewards that come with it!

If you have been out of the education system for many years, returning to study can be a daunting prospect. Both financially and as a lifestyle adjustment. Studying is a big commitment, and will often take some sacrifices on your part.

But the benefits are numerous, and once you have the financial side worked out, you can look forward to so many new doors opening that simply would have been almost impossible before.

Mothers going back to school

What advantages are there in going to college or university if you’re a mom or a mature aged student?

Increased opportunities for a new career

The Pew Research Center says that it is consistently found in studies and analyses that “college graduates regardless of generation are doing better than those with less education”.

That makes sense – when it comes to qualifications, an employer who compares the resumes of two candidates; one with a degree, and one without, is more than likely going to give heavier consideration to the degree-holder for the job. Having a degree not only shows that you have related knowledge, but even more so, that you have discipline and consistency in sticking with tasks and deadlines.

These are seriously important attributes to have when applying for any job, and being able to prove them without showing that you’ve committed yourself to years of studying for a degree can be difficult.

If you had a career in the past before taking time away to raise your children, updating your qualifications by going to college allows you to catch up on industry changes. It also shows potential employers that you are not only experienced, but willing and ready to keep your knowledge up to date.

Improve your economic outlook for the long term with a higher paying job

Going to college costs money. Getting a scholarship or grant can potentially save you thousands of dollars, and some can even cover your entire tuition costs.

Whatever financial situation you might be in, if you can fund your studies through scholarships, grants, and personal savings, the long term financial rewards can pay this back ten-fold. It is usually a matter of short term sacrifice for long term gain.

The key is to apply for as many scholarships as you can, find out if and how much you are eligible for through the Federal Pell Grant and other government grants, and create a budget that will allow you and your family to live comfortably, even if more frugally than normal, throughout the time that you’re at college.

Secure the future for yourself and your children

Draw up a table of the pros and cons of going back to college vs continuing on as you are now.

You will very likely come to the conclusion that a college education as an adult is more likely to lead to more secure employment for you after graduation. If your current employment circumstances are insecure, low paying, or just not what you want to spend your life doing, now is the time to decide whether advancing your education is going to be the key to a more secure, prosperous future for you and your children.

Be a positive role model for your children

Your children, no matter what age they are, will be inspired to advance their own education: there is nothing more inspiring than for a child, no matter what age, to see mom studying. Your teen would find it particularly difficult to ignore their own homework and school or college grades if he or she can see that you’re putting in the hard yards and trying to achieve the very best grades that you can.

Regardless of how old your child or children are, you can even organize co-study times at home, to sit down together and work on your own assignments. This dual-study arrangement significantly helps with focus and motivation, particularly when you set a timer and work together to achieve common, individual goals – whether it be completing a project, writing an essay, or committing to one solid hour of studying for an exam. What a great way to bond with your kids, while improving the future outlook for your entire family – together.

If you have a son or daughter that is weighing up whether to go to college themselves, seeing you enrol and make a go of it will certainly be a huge motivating factor and inspiration for your own child to go to college as well. Your kids will be proud of you.

Increased confidence and self esteem

As you attend to your own personal growth through your new experiences and accomplishments at college, you’ll feel a great senses of achievement as each semester passes and you move towards your goal of graduation.

The opening of doors to a new or better career, and the pride that your children and family will have in you will certainly provide that motivation that is so important to keep up during this momentous period of your life. Think of the day you will graduate, and how proud you will feel – and how proud and inspired your children will be.

Do you want financial independence?

One of the greatest desires of women, particularly those who have children and are recently separated from their partner, is to be financially independent. To do this, you generally need to be working full time and to have a job that pays enough to not be reliant on your former partner for any financial assistance, further education is highly desirable. The sense of freedom and independence this gives you is life changing – in a good way!

  1. Jasmine SMith
    June 16th, 2016 at 17:43 | #1

    Im a single parent a mother of two boys and want finish my lasr semester for nursing at Saint Petetsburg College and financially im struggling. I would like to know if there is any help for someone in my situation.

  2. March 9th, 2016 at 10:13 | #2

    I am a single mother of two children and I am also a widow. I’ve been wanting to attend college for over 15 years now. I finally can go back to school without anyone pulling me down from reaching my goals. I am determined to get my masters degree in social services. This is my calling and I know I will be good at it. I live in Hawaii and I tried looking for any grants that would be offered to mothers in my situation, unfortunately there is nothing. So I am stuck and wish that there is something I can do to reach this goal of mines. I do not want to ask for any help from the state to take care my children. They are my responsibility not the State of Hawaii.

  3. December 12th, 2015 at 11:39 | #3

    I’ve read your blog for quite a while, but I think this is the first time I’ve commented.I know you’re now alsmot a month into your classes, but I just wanted to encourage you. From what I’ve read on your blog you are a very intelligent person and it seems to me like you’ll do great in college! Just work hard and don’t procrastinate too much (trust me, I have WAY too much experience in procrastination!) Being homeschooled you’ve got a great foundation. If you trust God and do your very best then you’ll do great!

  4. Kristi Yaden
    August 31st, 2015 at 15:48 | #4

    I am a mother of one with another on the way. I have always wanted to go back and get a better education for myself and my family , but have not had the funds to do so and I am a little intimidated by all the schools out there. I plan on having more children and would love to go to school so that I can get a better job and provide for my family and help my husband out financially.

  5. carol kilmon
    August 20th, 2015 at 23:48 | #5

    Is this program open to women who have already earned a Bachelor’s Degree?

  6. June 23rd, 2015 at 13:41 | #6

    I have been single since 2003,raised 3 boys (oldest graduated a year ago and has a fantastic job, good pay; my second son is a senior at Ulowell with honors, international business major/minor in Mandrin Chinese and the youngest is a sophomore in college and a journalism major.

    I am 52, in 1984 I got my BS, legal/admin assistant major. Have worked for the past ten years for an elder law attorney and the need to advocate for the elderly is tremendous and a passion I have developed deep inmy soul. I want to become an attorney. How do I do it?

  7. Lakechia Nix
    May 6th, 2015 at 19:04 | #7

    I am a full-time Mother with a family. I have one son, but I have to work to pay bills but don’t want to get another loan. I would like to push for a grant or scholarship. I need to be financially comfortable to attend school whether it’s full or part time

  8. Pamela Pitka
    April 3rd, 2015 at 14:30 | #8

    My name is Pamela Pitka. I am married with 3 children. 2 are grown and the baby is 12 years old. I have been out of school and working for the past 28 years. Now that my time is somewhat my own I would like to pursue a degree in English.

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