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Common excuses keeping Americans from getting their degree include “I’m too busy,” “I can’t afford college” and “I don’t have the confidence.”

Hoboken, NJ, May 18, 2011 --( The need for a college degree has never been higher. President Obama is calling for 60% of the U.S. population to have a degree by 2020 and many experts point to the connection between educational attainment and a strong economy. But, still many people make excuses for not earning a degree, despite convenient options like online college classes.

Last Friday people across the country celebrated “Blame Someone Else Day.” Now that the day has passed, it is time for Americans to take control of their futures. From research conducted by Carol Aslanian, adult education expert and Senior Vice President of Aslanian Market Research, here are the top 5 excuses for not earning a degree and how you can overcome these self-made obstacles:

1. I’m too busy – It may seem like a challenge to add school into the mix when you’re already balancing a job with family and other life obligations, but there are flexible options that make earning a degree more possible than ever. Students can now complete online courses at their own pace and some campus-based programs offer evening and weekend classes.

2. I can’t afford college – Sticker shock can often discourage those thinking about going back to school, but there are financial aid options that may decrease out-of-pocket costs for eligible students, as well as scholarships. Visit the Debt Free College Guide at for more information.

3. I don’t have the confidence – Whether it’s because you are older or struggled with school in the past, don’t let low confidence keep you from earning a college degree. Accredited online schools provide adults the opportunity to go to college in a supportive environment, providing resources and tools to help them get their degree and gain confidence in the process.

4. I don’t need a degree to be successful – In less than ten years, sixty percent of jobs will require postsecondary education, so while you might be ok now, not having a college degree is likely setting you on an unsustainable career path. But, not to be underestimated, a college degree leads to greater financial rewards over a lifetime.

5. I don’t know what I want to do – Having a career field in mind is important before enrolling in a degree program; however, you may never know what you want to do if you aren’t trying to figure it out. Take the time to discover what interests you and then find out what education is required for that career field. Available resources, like the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, can provide that information, as well as tell you about the salary range, work environment and growth potential within a particular industry.

Whatever the excuses of the past, for adults interested in taking control of their lives and wanting to earn their degree, tips on going back to school are available in the Back to School Survival Guide at

For more information about online education, visit

Since 1999, has been successfully connecting those seeking a degree, certification or training program with a variety of online colleges and universities. provides prospective students with a powerful search engine for finding thousands of program offerings online, as well as a variety of educational evaluation tools and financial aid resources. offers schools seeking prospective students a low-cost, performance-based method to gain national exposure and increase enrollments in their programs.

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