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 2014 median earnings of full-time wage and salary workers with a bachelor's degree is $22,516 more than the median earnings of full-time wage and salary workers with only a high school diploma. Source: http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm
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: http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm
The Federal Pell Grant is currently an annual award up to $5,920 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 post baccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Federal Pell Grant. A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Source: http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm
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: http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm