Drop These Four Common Excuses to Avoid Higher Education


Let’s talk about what’s holding you back when it comes to education. Maybe you don’t have enough money, or you’re too busy, or you don’t feel you can afford childcare during school hours. We’re here to tell you that there’s another way to think about your future and your ability to learn. While you might have a roadblock or two obstructing your path, you also have resources at your disposal. In this post, we bust up those excuses by showing you how to turn things around and get the support you need.

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Financing school feels impossible. Childcare? That’s out of the question. You aren’t even sure you have the right structural or emotional support to graduate. Here’s what your friends aren’t telling you: there’s a fix for all of these perceived problems. From Pell grants to peer support, we’re busting up the most common education excuses and myths. Read on to learn how to focus on your future, not your roadblocks.

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Four Years is Just Too Long

High costs deter many people from pursuing higher education, but they affect lower income students the most. Costs make attending four-year institutions out of reach, let alone spending longer in school. That doesn’t mean you can’t attend at all.

Two-year schools and certificates can be much more manageable. Not only are they more affordable, but they get you out and working faster. Many of them are just as useful for improving your place in the workforce, even though they aren’t as lengthy or in-depth. The point is to make more money, right?

You Can’t Afford Tuition

Need money for school? You have lots of options.

The Pell Grant offers up to $6095 per year to students in financial need. Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine your eligibility. Nearly all low-income students, save those who’ve been convicted of drug-related crimes or have certain commitments due to sexual offenses, will qualify.

Another growing option is tuition-free two-year college. If you live in Rhode Island, Tennessee, New York, Oregon, Louisiana, San Francisco, Arkansas, Minnesota, or South Dakota, you may already have no-tuition options. Even more cost-free college opportunities are on the horizon, so keep updated on grants and waivers that may also be available in your state.

You Can’t Find Childcare

For the 5 million college students who are also parents, paying for childcare can prove an especially difficult challenge. Fortunately, low-income families have access to the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), which provides several billion dollars each year to fund need-based childcare. Childcare subsidies are available for children 12 years and under.

You Have No Support Network

Many students find they need more than the financial means to attend school. They also need the study skills and a certain amount of emotional support to thrive. Those who come from homes unfamiliar with the expectations of college may find it especially difficult, including first generation students.

You may feel overwhelmed at first, but that feeling will lessen as you make friends and learn the ropes. Lean on resident advisors, counselors, and peers when you just need a bit of motivation or reassurance; that’s what they’re there for!

Have mental health concerns, or feel unable to cope? Talk to your college. It’s possible to get help adjusting, including counseling and guidance. You can also spend some time confiding in a friend or family member for support.

Your personal success starts with realizing that there is an answer to every problem you might face, including barriers to education. Having an education significantly improves your chances of landing a good job, and with a little help, you can get there, too.