Myth #1: I Will Be The Oldest Person In College

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The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported last year that enrollment in degree-granting postsecondary institutions of students who are 25 to 34 years old increased 35 percent between 2001 and 2015 and is projected to increase 11 percent between 2015 and 2026. The age of our students varies from young professionals to seasoned executives looking to make a career shift. Wherever you are in life, you can be assured you will find a supportive team of staff and classmates.

At Mount Saint Mary’s University, Weekend/Evening & Online College you can choose from 11 bachelor’s degree programs and one certificate program. Students with at least 24 transferable units can be considered for the program. Exceptions for students with less than 24 units can be made on a case by case basis.

You won’t be alone as 32% of today’s college students are full-time working adults. But also, we know you don’t look a day over 25!

Myth #2: There Is No Financial Aid Available for Adults

Federal student aid generally does not have any age restrictions. According to FastWeb.Com, the National Post-Secondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) is another great resource to understand the breakdown of funding available for students like you.

At Mount Saint Mary’s University, Weekend/Evening & Online College 95 percent of our students receive scholarships and financial aid.

Myth #3: There Won’t Be Classes that Accommodate to My Work Schedule

We know that returning to school is a big transition. At our program you can attend classes online, hybrid, evenings and face-to-face classes held on select weekends near downtown Los Angeles. Our Weekend/Evening & Online College is for both part- and full-time students. It’s up to you how quickly you pursue your degree, based on your personal and professional commitments.

Here is what one student had to say about her experience: “Being able to do coursework on weekends, evenings and online means that I don’t have to sacrifice my entire life to go back to school and earn my degree.”

Myth #4: I Won’t Have Time to Complete My School Work

We can help you address the challenges of academic and life responsibilities, make an organizational structure that works for you, talk about navigating obstacles and much more. The Professional and Academic Resource Center (PARC) is a centralized physical spacefor all students of the Weekend/Evening & Online College and Graduate divisions to gather, study and engage in group work. We also offer virtual writing support, career advising and the ability to choose from weekend, evening or online classes. A majority of our students are able to meet their personal and work obligations while maintaining a 3.0 average!

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We recommend you plan to spend at least two hours per unit, per week, in study time. For example, if you take one 3-unit course, you’ll need to study six hours per week for that course. But remember that you can choose your course load! You can enroll in between one (1) and four (4) classes a semester. 4 classes a semester is considered full-time, 3 classes a semester is considered 3/4-time, and 2 classes a semester is considered half-time.

Myth #5: Finishing My Degree Won’t Make a Difference in My Life

In an uncertain economic future, a degree will make you more marketable in the workforce. NCES reported that “the median earnings of young adults with a bachelor’s degree were 57 percent higher than those of young adult high school completers.“

You can be assured that an investment in your education will have huge pay-offs, increase your happiness and personal fulfillment!

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