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Now that you’ve chosen a college, there’s another important decision to make. That’s whether you’re going to be a full-time student or a part-time student. Deciding whether or not to be a full time or a part-time student can be a difficult decision. A lot of students decide to go to school full time after high school. It’s okay not to be doing what everybody else is doing though. Sometimes only going to school part-time is a better option for you. Here are some factors to think about when deciding whether or not to be a part-time student.

Breaking the Bank

College is expensive and everybody knows it. There is no denying that looking at how much college costs can be a little scary. For some, college is an expense they have to worry about and not their parents. To be paying for college all by yourself can be stressful, to say the least. This is why being a part-time student can help. By being a part-time student you will be taking less than 12 credits a semester, which can lower your tuition bill quite a bit. It also gives you  the opportunity to work more and make more money.

Transition

Going to college can be a bit overwhelming. If you’re worried about how you are going to handle the new environment, or you don’t know if you’ll be able to do the work, then being a part-time student for the first semester or year could be a good choice for you. It gives you the ability to ease into college life and take some time to adjust. That way you’re not overwhelmed by the transition.

Housing and Meals

One thing to remember when deciding to become a part-time student or not is that dorming is usually not offered to part-time students. Part-time students usually receive a commuter status instead. This can be a good thing though! If you have the ability to live at home you can end up saving a lot of money. Housing and food costs alone can reach $15,000. By living at home, you remove the housing cost completely and can downgrade to a smaller meal plan, thus saving yourself tons of money.

Figuring Things Out

Being a part-time student can give you time to figure things out. When you don’t know what you want to do with your life, a lot of people say “just go to college.” Whether this is the best choice or not is for you to decide. By going to school part-time you will be able to decide whether you really want to be in college or not. It’ll also give you more time to decide what you want to do in college and what you want your major to be.

Maybe you’re just tired of school. I mean, who can blame you, you’ve been there for the last twelve years. Sometimes people just need a break. If you’re looking for a break from school without totally putting education on hold, being a part-time student could be the choice for you. It gives you time to do things you might not have gotten to do in high school.

Downsides

There are some downsides to being a part-time student, just like there are to being a full time student. The amount of money you can earn from the government is going to be less. Some private scholarships will also only give money to students who are going to school full time. This is an important factor to think about when making your choice.

Another important thing to remember to that since you are going to be a part-time student, you most likely won’t graduate in four years. Now to some people this is important and to some people it’s not. That is completely up to you. Make sure you know how long you’ll be going to school, for that way you can start planning.

Deciding how many credits you’re going to take is a difficult decision. College is expensive and sometimes it’s better to go part-time. Maybe you don’t know what you want to do and you need time to think. The important thing to remember is that the decision is yours. Being a part-time student has benefits and negatives just like being a full-time student. Remember that you can always take more or less credits the next semester if you need to.



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