The financial and social costs to adult learners in PEI
Authors: Angela Larter
Adults returning to school face many challenges, finacial as well as academic. This report presents the results of a research project that explores the financial challenges facing individuals enrolled in the Adult Education program at Holland College in PEI. In this project, the author surveyed students in five Holland College Adult Education classrooms across PEI seeking information to answer the following questions:
1) What are the financial costs incurred when returning to school as an Adult Education student? What supports are available to learners to offset such costs?
2) What are the non-financial costs experienced when returning to school as an Adult Education student? What supports do learners have in place to lessen the effect of these costs?
3) Do the costs sustained shape learners’ long-term goals? What additional resources would improve learners’ situations and how would their educational and/or career goals change?