Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Considerations for survivors going back to school
This article is written with a survivor in mind who is beyond the point of crisis. For survivors who don't already have a degree a college education can be helpful to a future. Safety always comes first. It can be helpful to talk with an advocate about safety planning before returning to school.
Because of difficulties with safety and logistics survivors may benefit from checking into Online Universities. These are becoming more common. Since classes are taken in the comfort of your own home they may be especially attractive to survivors of sexual or domestic violence.
Being able to use the internet for distance learning opens up a whole world of options. These days almost any degree can be taken online and can offer flexibility that traditional programs cannot do. Almost everyone knows that getting a college degree can lead to a much better paying job.
Online degree programs in health care administration, nursing or the legal field tend to be higher paying positions. Positions in these fields also seem to have a measure of job stability. That's always a consideration but it is even more important to think about these days.
This website http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/ may be helpful in finding the right school or career for you. It can help you build a list of schools to compare and provides facts and data that can help you make an informed decision.
Financial aid is always a concern. Both of these websites can help with that http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ and http://studentaid2.ed.gov/gotocollege/collegefinder/advanced_find.asp.