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TYLER (KTYX) - If you're thinking about going to college next school year, now is the time to get busy.

CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey explains, when it comes to non-traditional students --for those who've taken time off from school -- starting early may be more important.

The intense studying and heavy class load of a college student can be overwhelming.

With applications, determining a major or minor, and getting financial aid,the process of going to college can be just as intense.

"It's a long process and college has definitely changed since the last time I was in," said Quinn McWilliams. He's a non-traditional student taking on the challenge of going back to school years after graduating college.

"I got my first bachelors in 1993, so it's been a while," McWilliams said.

The reason many non-traditional students end up with their noses once again in a textbook  is to take advantage of a changing economy and growing job field. This time around, McWilliams is studying nursing.

"It's there education and they need to take it in their hands," said Adrian Lodge. 

Lodge is a student development specialist at UT Tyler. She helps students find a major and get the hang of college life.

"Stay connected, keep up with the process, application  process understand when deadlines are..still communicate with offices," Lodge said.

Before making the decision to go back to school, specialists say there's a list of things to consider:

*Consult with potential school counselors
*Pick a major or job you'll  love to do
*Apply for scholarships
*Or the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) application

McWilliams' advice, just make sure you have the time and the drive to finish what you start.

 

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