Sometimes the toughest part about being an adult learner may be just taking that initial plunge and getting started. For most people there already isn’t enough time in a day for life’s responsibilities and the thought of adding the load of a course or any additional training can be daunting. On top of the time there is the factor of money for tuition and books, perhaps time away from your current job. There is some risk involved in continuing your education as an adult and it most certainly can be looked at as an investment. For some lower skilled workers with minimal qualifications the risk and investment may seem too much whereas a higher skilled adult may be more inclined to take advantage of job-related training.
As this article by Torben Drewes and Tyler Meredith suggests, it is easier for younger adult learners to receive financial assistance. Their study presents a fictitious example comparing two families with similar incomes and assets and shows how the ratio of financial need covered by an aid package can be a fair amount less for a mature student.
I would have to agree that changes could be made to increase the access to Adult Education for the ones that need it the most. Fully understanding the needs unique to Adults is essential. Ensuring loans and grants are available as well as reasonable to afford on a lower income in order to gain the skills to become more valuable in the work force. An apprenticeship program overhaul that would make trade school more efficient and practical would also be a welcome change.