Registering and being admitted to college takes not only perseverance, but it also takes a good deal of time. Don’t put the admissions process off until the last minute. Start early, get everything taken care of, and you’ll be able to start your semester stress-free.
Fall semesters generally begin around the end of August or the beginning of September, while spring semesters most often begin some time in January. A good time guideline is to begin planning 6 months before the semester you want to actually begin classes.
Your first step will be to contact the school to find out how long their admissions process takes and exactly what is involved. In general, there is an application, fees and official transcripts that have to be taken care of. There may also be an entrance exam that you must take before you are accepted.
Simply follow the steps and guidelines from your chosen school and complete everything within the time frame required. If you are applying for any sort of financial aid, you will want to do this as soon as possible when beginning your application and admissions process.
Meet with a counselor who will be able to help you with any issues you may be having with the admissions process and who will also be able to help you figure out a workable schedule between your education, work, and children. It is entirely possible for single moms to earn a degree, and many schools are working to make that easier. There are flexible schedules, night and weekend classes, and even online classes that you may be able to take advantage of.
While there is no set schedule for the admissions process, the 6 month guideline is a good time frame to allow for any issues to be resolved, to hear back about financial aid, and to get your schedule worked out before the semester begins.
If you wait too close to the semester to begin the admissions process, you will feel rushed and probably frantic as you attempt to juggle all the steps of admission along with your job and children within a short time frame. The more time you allow yourself to complete this process, the calmer and more prepared you will feel.
Going back to school as a single mom doesn’t have to be stressful. With the proper time allowances, it can be a smooth transition for all involved.