You’ve got so much on your plate right now, right? Or maybe you’ve been in the same job for a while and you’re…all good. Or perhaps the cost of study keeps putting you off?

Think again.

Whether it’s your first degree or postgrad studies, it’s time to smash these old excuses and discover how much you could gain by returning to study.

1. I don't have time

Full-time study doesn’t mean you’re at uni eight hours a day, five days a week. Generally even a full-time study load means you’re only at uni three or four classes a week (less again with VU's award-winning First Year Model for undergraduate studies). You can also design your own timetable to keep up with work and family commitments.

If you want to fast-track your studies or use peak holiday times to smash out some subjects, there are many units offered as intensive summer and winter schools, so you can get ahead during the semester breaks.

On top of that, most universities offer flexible learning options. Many courses are available part-time with lots of online options. Childcare is another hurdle that can be easily overcome with convenient on-campus childcare facilities.

2. It's too expensive

You may be surprised – studying is an investment well worth pursuing.

In today’s economy, a bachelor degree will be worth $1 million more than a high school degree over 35 years. With each higher qualification, you increase your earning power. For example, the median salary for a new postgraduate was $23K higher than equivalent bachelor degree graduates (Graduate Careers Australia). And if you’re already working, completing further studies can only lead to promotions and higher salaries.

Consider VU's MBA, for instance. As a Tier 1 MBA, ranked highly for its teaching, small classes, student diversity and international study opportunities, VU also rates very well for affordability at less than half the cost of a Melbourne Business School MBA (CEO Magazine global rankings).

VU also offers a range of scholarships. Did you know your employer or professional industry bodies may also provide you with a scholarship? So be sure to do your research and ask the question - you could significantly reduce your study costs!

3. It's been so long since I studied

Many universities offer support services and flexibility to make sure you can thrive in your studies.

Student support services include short courses that help you gain successful access to your course, study support and mentoring, and even course credit for your skills and past studies. VU’s revolutionary First Year Model for undergrad students means you study one unit at a time, before moving on to the next.

So you’ll learn more and stress less.

4. Uni's only for young people

Despite what you may think, uni isn’t over run by boozing young’ns. In fact, mature age students make up 50% of our student population.

So more often than not, our classes have quite a number of mature age students in them. Don’t underestimate what you can offer your fellow classmates and lecturers – the diversity of VU’s students is one of its greatest strengths.

So what are you waiting for?

Apply direct now at VU

Writer: Jessica Jury