5 Reasons Why You Are Not Too Old for College

5 Reasons Why You Are Not Too Old for College
Javiera Vega

Javiera Vega

Study Consultant at Gradehacker


We know that going back to school in your 30s or 40s might sound frightening. You already have many challenges to take care of, like work, family, or personal projects. Why would you add another one to the list? Usually, we do not associate college with being an adult, and you might feel that you are too old for that. However, the benefits of getting that degree will  be higher than the disadvantages. 


If you want that raise, but you do not have the needed credentials, or you just want to take over from where you left years ago, college is definitely a must-do. No matter the reason, you deserve to give yourself a chance, and once and for all, see your age as an asset and not and not an obstacle. 


At Gradehacker we help students with college classwork and exams. We have years of experience in which we have come across many adult college students, who reach out to us because of the dedication they have in furthering their career.


Having helped these adult college students and gotten to know them, we will give you 5 reasons why you are not too old for college.


There is no such thing as having an "old brain."

Another concern of yours might be that you, “will stand out like a sore thumb among all the teens.”  Granted, the average age for attending college is between 18 and 25, according to the Hamilton Project. Still, that does not mean that you will be the only adult.

Dr. Nemko from Psychology Today says that older people in college are rarely a novelty at this time and age “because good jobs are harder to land, so more older people are returning to school in hopes of increasing their hireability.” 

Starting college after your mid-20s is becoming a necessity for many others like you who want to land in a better job or get more chances to have a promotion among other coworkers. Surely you will find people from your age with the same goals and interests!

5 Reasons Why You Are Not Too Old for College

Your life experience will be an asset

College requires time and energy, and maybe you feel that you do not have those anymore. However, you have already seen more than any other 25-year-old. You know that hard work pays off so you will see discipline and dedication as a natural part of the process. 

Also, you will pay more attention to advice and strategies to manage your time like these.  Not understanding a pop-culture reference might be awkward but, at the end of the day, that will not make a difference in your grades. 

Online classes will give you the time flexibility you need

The Internet has been around for years, but it is a fact that it is reaching its educational peak as of now. According to the website UTEP Connect, over 6 million Americans are currently pursuing an online education. Online classes are not so different from regular ones and currently have the same credit-value.

Consider too the fact that online courses are self-paced. It does not matter when you work in the class or when you take an exam. As long as you meet the deadlines, you will be fine. Likewise, most online courses are based in a textbook or worksheet so you can read through it whenever you are free. If you feel that attending class is an impossible commitment, going digital can give you the flexibility you are looking for.

You can turn to services that will alleviate your workload

Most adults that are going back to college already have jobs. This means that you have an asset that none of your younger classmates have: a budget. Why would this be a good thing? Because you can hire someone to give you a hand when you need it, especially when you are taking online courses. Study assistants are a legit way to get that essay done or to achieve participation in board discussions. 

I know it might be a weird idea. Still, services like Gradehacker work cooperatively to get things done as you would by yourself. You can contact us, describe what assignment you have, and we will take it from there, so you have time for other things such as work or family. Essays, exams, researches, or forum discussion, you name it. We can take care of it.

I know that there might be some hesitation to hire a service like this. I mean, students should be able to complete all their work. Right? Yes, that might be true. However, you are in a different stage of your life, and your student profile also changes. 

Surely, you can paint your house by yourself, but you know that you wouldn’t have enough time to do it correctly. It is the same situation for an adult returning to college. It is not that you can’t; it is about how you choose to approach it.  

Don’t let your age stop you from furthering your career

Dismiss all your doubts and embrace all the resources and experiences you have learned during the years. Teens might have the energy, but you will definitely have the right strategy. Just remember this: 

  • Age does not influence your ability to learn.
  • Many people are returning to college just like you. You won’t be the only one.
  • Due to your previous experience, you are more prepared to handle the responsibility and pressure.
  • Online classes are an option that will give you the flexibility you need.
  • Explore your options! There are services available like Gradehacker’s study assistants that can give you a hand when you are too overwhelmed with school work.


They say that fortune always favors the brave! Take the chance and get your dream job. The only thing that is stopping you is yourself.

Here at Gradehacker we understand your reservations and have met many students like yourself. Matter of fact, there’s a term to describe students that are in the same situation as you: non-traditional students. This type of student is on the rise! Nothing should stop you from achieving your life goals, whether it be your age, job, or lack of time. Many other non-traditionals students experience the same situations, but we can assure you that balancing work, life and college is definitely possible and achievable.

Are you unaware of how you can manage your time if you decide to go to college? Check out our article on 9 hacks to better manage your time.

If you’re about to embark on your college journey, be sure to read our article on websites where you can find free college textbooks.

Javiera Vega

Javiera Vega

Javiera Vega is a Study Consultant and Content Creator for Gradehacker. She has a degree in Education and Literature and is currently working on getting a master’s degree in Linguistics. Even though words, languages, and books are her thing, science and psychology were her hidden passion for many years. Luckily, Gradehacker has allowed her to use all that knowledge by helping many clients with everything they need. Javiera considers herself a proud nerd who likes to learn and read about everything she can find. From movies and comics to microbiology and genetics, every topic is interesting for her. Her curiosity has no limits. Find her on LinkedIn

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