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Adult Students: A Painless Guide to Going Back to College


  • Select the best college or university for your personal and career goals.
  • Get free cash for college through scholarships and financial aid.
  • Create a strong application and essay that reflect your past accomplishments and future goals. Plus, read 25 inspirational essays written by adult students.
  • Repeat the successes and avoid the pitfalls of previous students.
  • Save money by maximizing credits and your work or life experiences.
  • 224 pages
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What's Inside

Despite the pressures of work, family, and a mortgage, you can find encouragement to go back to school with this guide to researching and applying to graduate, undergraduate, and certificate programs. With expanded information on applications, financial aid, admission interviews, on-campus adult student specialists, options for distance learning, and new loan and scholarship opportunities, this resource also teaches you the strategies needed to tailor an application to emphasize life and job experience. Dozens of actual admissions essays show you how to demonstrate knowledge and confidence as you describe why you seek to advance your current career, change careers, or train for a career after raising a family.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Promote Yourself by Going Back to School
Chapter 2: How to Choose the Best Program for You
Chapter 3: FAQs about Going Back to School
Chapter 4: Create a Winning Application
Chapter 5: Craft an Admission Essay
Chapter 6: How to Write a Winning Essay
Chapter 7: Example Essays
Chapter 8: How to Interview Like a Pro
Chapter 9: How to Get the Best Recommendations
Chapter 10: Earn Credits Outside of the Classroom
Chapter 11: Paying for College
Chapter 12: Balancing Your Studies and Your Life


“Reliable, succinct advice that can help adult students make appropriate choices about pursuing a college education.”
—Nancy Hutton, Harvard Divinity School Student

“This book is chock-full of useful, easy-to-read material that is a must-have for any adult learner considering studies in higher education! It demystifies what may be some of the biggest challenges associated with college-level studies. The biggest mistake adult learners make when they decide to go to college is their lack of preparation. With this book, they will have better information, knowledge, tools and strategies to be successful. Adult learners comprise almost 50 percent of all students enrolled in higher education. If you are considering joining their ranks, this book may be the best investment you can make in your future.”
—Dr. Lee Bash, Dean of Graduate & Professional Studies, Averett University

“This book is a valuable tool for adults who are returning to college. It is a wonderful guide to the application and self-evaluation process that goes into making the decision to return and then following through on that decision. Adult Students gives prospective students the knowledge to apply with confidence and the confidence to do so with less anxiety.”
—Laurel Stachowicz, Smith College Student

“Adult Students is an easy read that addresses most of the issues that nontraditional students face when considering the big decision of whether or not to return to college. Program administrators and student advisors can benefit from the book’s content as much as prospective students.”
—Dr. Charles Curry, Director, Adult Degree Program, James Madison University

“Down-to-earth, practical advice. Written in an easy-to-read manner and sprinkled throughout with bits of humor. None of the pretentious academia that leaves you even more confused than before.”
—Torah K. Bontrager, Columbia University Student

“Had this book been released 10 years ago, I would have probably returned to school earlier. My biggest fear about going back to school was the red tape. I feared missing some detail that would hinder my ambitions or looking stupid during the application process. What I have learned, and what this book will tell you, is that once you set your mind to it, you just need the right resources to get there. This is the right resource.”
— Heather Neal, Smith College Student

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Adult Students: A Painless Guide to Going Back to College
Adult Students: A Painless Guide to Going Back to College
By: Gen & Kelly Tanabe
224 pages
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Gen and Kelly Tanabe

Gen and Kelly Tanabe are the founders of SuperCollege and the award-winning authors of 13 books on college admission, financial aid and scholarships. Together they were accepted to all of the Ivy League colleges and won more than $100,000 in merit-based scholarships to graduate from Harvard debt-free. They tour nationally speaking about college planning and have served as expert sources for USA Today, the New York Times, CNN, and U.S. News & World Report.