Mom goes back to school
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Mom Goes Back to School

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Mom, Just Go Back to School:

Being a mom with Irish twin boys ages 2 and 3 makes it difficult for me to go back to school and pursue a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. I have thought long and hard to come to this decision and I know it will benefit me in the long run.

I have also researched to see if I should go back for a degree in Healthcare Administration or Business Administration. Please share your thoughts below in the comments which one you may feel is better than the other as there appear to be different views.

I love the healthcare field and have been in it since I was 16 years old. I started off at age 16 as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). At age 18, I became a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) as I was thinking of becoming a Pharmacist. Then I decided that wasn’t for me and then was thinking of being a nurse. I ended up becoming a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and fell in love with it. I found my passion and place to grow from within. It just seems right that I continue to pursue my career in the healthcare field.

The boys are currently in daycare, which is costing us a fortune, so my decision has been made to wait till they start kindergarten in 2-years. However, it is time to start researching which schools would be best for me as I have some stiff requirements.

The requirements to go back to school are:

  • Cost-effective – Good financial aid department to help me with any grants out there to save my wallet because I am not rich by any means and school costs continue to soar.
  • Online – I guess this is a given since I am a full-time employee, blogger, mom, wife, and depending on my children’s day probably their maid too.
  • GMAT not required
  • Accredited

Per the Institute for Women’s Policy Research:

Nearly 2.1 million students—or 11 percent of all undergraduates—are raising children without a partner. Women of color in college are especially likely to be single parents. 30 percent of single student mothers attend for-profit institutions—triple the rate of women students without children.

After some searching these are determined to be the top 10 best online schools for a Master’s of Healthcare Administration Degree:

  1. The University of Southern California.
  2. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  3. The University of Central Florida.
  4. George Washington University, GW Online.
  5. Georgetown University.
  6. The University of St. Francis.
  7. The University of Cincinnati.
  8. Clarkson College.
  9. Trinity University.
  10. Marist College.

I am not at all prepared for the GMAT and I do not know how I would fit studying for that after I have not been in school for seven years. This narrows down my list and then my next step will be to look at grants that the school offers.

  1. The University of Southern California.
  2. George Washington University, GW Online.
  3. The University of St. Francis
  4. The University of Cincinnati.
  5. Clarkson College

Once I have established that I can go the next step and look for possible other assistance between my employer, government, or other non-profit/profit.

Step 1: Complete the FAFSA Mom

If you’re thinking of going back to school, the first thing you should do is complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The U.S. federal government and schools need to review your FAFSA to give you access to federal grants, loans, and work-study programs.

There are no age restrictions on federal aid. An adult student completes the same FAFSA as a high school senior. Even if you don’t qualify for grants, you should still fill out the FAFSA to get access to federal student loans. Federal loans typically have lower interest rates and more generous repayment terms than private loans, helping you save money.

Here is a list of some great sites I have found regarding researching for financial aid assistance for school.

Here are some of the best grants for Moms going back to school that I could find:

A few others are listed on Student Loan Hero. A lot of grants are not granted for individuals pursuing higher levels of education, such as the Pell grant. Please read the requirements before wasting your time applying. Furthermore, you must complete the FAFSA and sometimes some schools will even tell you if you are approved for grants that they commonly work with.

Step 2: Complete Your College Applications Mom

I have narrowed down my Master’s Degree school of choice to George Washington University, GW Online. It is local here and from my research, since I am in the state it will save a massive amount of money. Fall of 2021 this momma will be pursuing her Master’s Degree!

I can’t wait to go back to school soon for my Master’s Degree.

Are you a mom who wants to go back to school? What is holding you back? Already have your Master’s and want to provide tips, please share! Anything you can help.




  • Jenny

    Good luck. That is so exciting. I often thought about it, but haven’t made the jump. It will be a great thing for your kids to see you working hard for a goal. And succeeding.

  • Jenn Summers

    I love this goal for you Ashley! I finished my CCA course (which I believe is much like your CNA) when Abigail was a baby it was tough but I was able to take it online through a college in the city.I’m not sure if I would go back to school again but if I did I would want to take an online course again because it would be too far to travel and too much time away from my family. I wish you nothing but the best in this endeavour!

  • Trina

    Great job. Good information. If I were your age I would probably finish the rest of my degree. I love to learn, but not in a classroom anymore.

  • AMelia

    Education is never wasted. The preparation work I think is 1/2 the battle and getting the funding. Well done. I worked with nurses who had young children and took their Masters of Nursing on-line. Hard but doable. Looking forward to reading where you are on this journey.

  • Marian Wood

    My first job was pharmacy assistant and I was talked out of becoming a technician as I studying for a degree at the time. Years on the degree did not get my where i wanted to go. Plans changed as I could not afford to quit my job. Life took over! Today I still work in healthcare but at a lower grade then I really want to be, but I do enjoy my job. The moral of my tale is to work hard at school when you do not have to work I wasted years,

    Good luck with your plans and balancing, mum, work and and study.

  • CARMEN | Wellington World Travels

    omg. I am taking MHA online with University of Phoenix, My school is not in the top 10. But that time when I applied, they were the only who accepted me (as an international student) with less requirements like English test. Anyway, Those grants are helpful. I will check them out.

  • Britt

    Congratulations for taking first steps, that’s exciting! I went back to school at 30, taking online classes, and it was an exciting and crazy time… I loved the flexibility, however, of online education. It’s perfect for those of us who aren’t able to work regular classes into our schedules easily.

  • Rebecca @ Boss Single Mama

    How exciting that you’re going back to school! I have a master’s degree and while I enjoyed the schooling part, I never got around to using it. (Mine degree is in criminal justice.) But it sounds like you have a plan for what you want to do with yours and how you want to go about earning it, so that’s great!

  • Susie Lindau

    How are your twins 2 and 3 years old? 🙂
    Good luck! I considered my masters, but there’s no guarantee that it would sell more books and the classes were like Post-modern poetry of WWII and Shakespeare and Old English. GAH!

    • irishtwins16

      I may never really need my Master’s though either. So tough!

      My boys are “Irish Twins” which is defined as having two children that are born within twelve months of each other. My boys are 11-months and 3-days. It’s worse than having “Twins” double the time in the hospital, double the time with terrible twos, and double the time with Threenagers. AHHHHHH! Don’t know what I was thinking.

  • Erica Goetz

    Kudos to you fellow mama! I know it was tough for me to finish my bachelors with the kids. I went the online education route and it worked well for me. I’ve toyed with going back to school for my MBA, I don’t really need it as I’m established in my career, but it would take the place of a hobby for me. I enjoy learning. Anyway, I followed from your twitter account from the facebook group and was browsing around. I wanted to wish you the best and say “YAY!” you go!

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