Hello, I just registered and I am posting for the first time; I have been reading posts and I followed links to different schools and programs. Since I am new to DL and returning to school at ripe age of 42, I would like to hear your opinion/advice. I would like to obtain Masters in Library Science, but I am starting from zero basically. I am single and I am willing to devote my free time to studying, that's not a problem, but the financial burden worries me - at my age, shouldn't I be putting $ into my retirement account instead of classes? I was thinking of doing this: -AAS (66 credits total) with New Mexico State University, online, with focus on Library Technology (26 credits in LS) -4y degree Bachelor of General Studies with Fort Hays State University (or other online institution) (using AAS from NMSU) -Masters in Library Science - online, University of Washington has MLS program that can be completed online. I am not sure what other info I should put here, so I just copied a part of another post 1. What state do you live in? AK 2. How many college credits do you have under your belt -- and in what areas? 16 credits so far, mostly Gen. Req. 3. What does your budget look like? full time job, 30k/year, single. 4. What kind of a degree do you want? (e.g. business? econ? cis?...) Or does it matter? BA and MLS 5. What is your long-term goal -- other than "having a degree"? working in Information Technology field, Library 6. Do you work well independently? Online? Self-motivated? Organized? I took online classs, I like the independence. As I said, the financial part worries me, but I do understand that in today's job market, continuous education is helpful and necessary. Thank you in advance.