Action Line Consumer Alert: Affording college as an adult

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A recent national survey conducted by Western International University found that more than 75-percent of women between the ages 25-40 want to go back to school, but only 5-percent think they can afford it.

Personal finance expert Clare Levison suggests two things when choosing a college to attend.

“Two things they should most be thinking about is affordability and convenience so that’s what you really want to look for when you’re looking for a program as an adult student,” Levison said.

The survey also found that 80-percent aren’t sure they could physically attend classes.

“What you’re looking for is ultimate flexibility so being able to take classes on your own time and then you’re also going to want to find ways to use your money smart so an affordable college,” Levison said.

Although, it may be difficult she recommends keeping your day job.

“Everyone should have a dream but often that dream is going to be funded by a day job so I encourage people to keep working that job keep bringing that income in and look for a program,” Levison said.

Levison says there are many ways to pay for classes too, you just have to do some research.

“Adults going back to school especially adults that are working should definitely consider asking their employer if they offer a tuition reimbursement program. You should also seek out scholarship options there are lots of those available do a search on-line and be sure to fill out federal application for student aid to see if you qualify for any student aid as well,” Levison said.

You can also email your consumer concerns to or call #591-0222 weekdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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