Experts explain how adults can pay for school

Experts from Fox explain the right paperwork adults should fill out when applying for school financial aid.
Experts from Fox explain the right paperwork adults should fill out when applying for school financial aid.

As more adults are deciding to head back to school to pursue a college degree, Fox Business reports that it is important for these individuals to understand what their options are when it comes to paying for their education.

While many people believe that filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is only something that parents do for their high school seniors, it can also be used for adult students. This government form may lead to financial aid and will not take into account things like debt and mortgage payments, Pamela Rambo, a financial aid consultant, told the news source.

Rambo also said that adult freshmen should ask for a special circumstances form at their school financial aid office. This can permit colleges to make adjustments to FAFSA forms if students see sudden splurges in expenses or a decreases in funds.

Freshmen should also research online education at their university. Using this technology, students may pay less for their classes and will have a flexible schedule. According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, taking these types of courses are very popular, as about 5.6 million students were enrolled in a web-based class in the fall 2009 semester.

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