Depending on the length of your program and whether it is conducted on-line or on-campus, tuition can range from a few hundred dollars (for a workshop) to tens of thousands of dollars (for a diploma program).
With the cost of tuition on the rise, combined with a tough job market, why would students consider a post-secondary education? Students with a post-secondary education is more likely to get hired than someone who does not, especially in the field of private investigation where candidates are expected to have specific skills related to the industry.
Believe it or not, schools do understand the predicament which students are in and realize that they do have access to a choice of schools. In addition to scholarships, some schools provide the option for students to pay monthly (with a small down payment) rather than pay for the entire semester. This allows students to better budget their tuition with the help of a part-time job.
In addition, students considering a post-secondary education have a variety of financial aid to assist with paying their tuition including:
Scholarships and grants: Scholarships and grants are gifts which do not require students to repay following the completion of their program. The availability of scholarships and grants vary depending on schools and states. Check with your school counselor and college’s financial aid department for specific opportunities for which you may be eligible for application.
Loans: Loans are normally issued by government or financial institutions and are required to be paid following graduation. Depending on state and federal regulations, loans can be issued to students or to parents of students. Students who are interested in obtaining loan services for their college tuition should visit the government student loan sites for more information on eligibility and requirements for application.
Furthermore, many students may find that they need to obtain a part time job to pay for tuition and other school related costs.
Given the costs involved and the conditions of the job market, is a post-secondary education worth it? While it may not seem like it is worth it in the short-term, the benefits of a post-secondary education will pay off in the long run. In most organizations, a college education is a requirement for all employees. If you are considering a management position, you may find yourself going back for further schooling. A post-secondary education is not only just schooling, it also provides the critical thinking skills required to help you navigate through the complexities of a business environment such as client relations, office dynamics and objective decision making.
Depending on your life goals, you may find yourself enrolled in a post-secondary program. Because of the fact that your peers in the program have similar career interests, they may become your connections within the industry following graduation. An education provides the foundation skills to a career of your interest. Success in your career depends on how you choose to apply your education beyond school.