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For adults trying to balance work with other commitments, taking classes online can be a great way to go back to school. Learn more by requesting free information from accredited schools offering degree programs and courses online or at a campus near you. Answer a few simple questions to get matched with colleges and universities offering programs that fit your life and prepare you for the career you want. Financial aid may be available if you qualify.

Common Types of Student Aid

  • Grants - often based on financial need, a grant is free money that does not need to be repaid.
  • Scholarships - money that is generally awarded to students based on academic or other achievements.
  • Loans - money for college or a career school that is borrowed and must be repaid, typically with interest.

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CompareTopSchools matches you with up to 4 schools based on your goals and preferences. We've simplified the school selection process so you can find and compare colleges and universities faster and easier as well as connect with school representatives who will help you determine if you qualify for financial aid.

You may qualify for a financial aid package which can help you return to school. Grants and scholarships can also help pay for your education. Click here to learn more at the U.S. Department of Education website.

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For persons age 25 and over, the median earnings of full-time wage and salary workers with a bachelor's degree is $23,764 more than the median earnings of full-time wage and salary workers with only a high school diploma. Source:

According to the 2011-12 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:12): Student Financial Aid Estimates for 2011-12, the number of full-time students who received Pell grants in families with incomes between $60,000 to $80,000 increased to 18% in 2011-12 from 2% in 2007-08. Source:

The Federal Pell Grant is currently an annual award up to $5,730 and is usually given to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. (In some cases however, a student enrolled in a postbaccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Federal Pell Grant). A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Source:

Occasionally you might have to pay back part or all of a grant if, for example, you withdraw from school before finishing an enrollment period such as a semester. Source:

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