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The cost of education...

August 31st, 2011 at 07:12 pm

I have been in the same industry (banking) since 1978- high school, actually- 33 years. WOW.

When I started, certificate rates were 16%... ATM's were fairly new, and we still hand sorted peoples checks- and verified signatures. The adding machines were comical...and it was before greenbar became mainstream...

As far as banking goes, I have first hand knowledge of how pretty much everything works...more, I know how it has evolved..I have experience.

...but I never got a degree...and that is now holding me back. If I want to reach my full potential, I have to have that elusive piece of paper.

So...I am going to college...slowly, but surely.

I am registered for two classes this next term. Health and Criminology- taking both online. I purchased the books used at Amazon for $179. (ouch...but new was twice that amount). My two classes are 7 credits, so registration is just about $800. So long as I get a B- or higher, my job will pay it all's just hurts to come up with the money up front. So far my GPA has held at 4.0...we will see what a little more pressure does.

I looked into the management school my job is sending me to for the next three years, and that is going to cost about $10k plus travel. I am so blessed that they are willing to invest so much into an 'old lady' like me. Smile

3 Responses to “The cost of education...”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    You are NOT an old lady!! Glad you are still going to school !!
    I started working at a small savings and loan in 1977. It was the best job I ever had. We had no computers and had to figure out the interest by hand. Back then, mortgages were 9% and our savings accounts paid 6%. I remember when the CD rates went as high as 16%. Now we are getting 1% We sure can't live on our interest like they could back then.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Good for you! My husband is getting his BA slowly, in his late 30s. He too just got into working after high school and never got around to college.

    We sell his books on at the end of each semester and set the profits aside to fund the next set of books. We haven't had to put "new" money into his textbooks in years, because textbooks have great resale value.

  3. Mike Says:


    Is it possible to advertise on this site at all?



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