ANCHOR LEAD: It's back to school time, but not just for kids. Many adults are also hitting the books in an effort to advance their careers, earn a higher income, or switch job fields. T.K. Anderson has more. (:56)
SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm T.K. Anderson. If you're thinking about a new college degree, the first thought is probably, "How can I afford it?" Clare Levison is a CPA, and author of "Frugal Isn't Cheap: Spend Less, Save More, and Live Better. Clare, where should people start when it comes to financial planning if they are thinking about heading back to college?
CUT: (Levison) I encourage people to keep their day job and when you do that you're going to be looking at two things: affordability of a school and convenience for you to be able to fit it into your schedule.
SCRIPT: Levison also says you should talk to your employer to find out if they offer tuition reimbursement. Clare, can you suggest some affordable colleges people should consider?
CUT: (Levison) I'm working with Western International University because they do all these things that I'm talking about. And they have a great program called "Start Smart" that actually offers you the ability to try out the program to see if it really is a good fit for you before you make that full financial commitment.
SCRIPT: For more go to West-dot-edu. That's Newsbreak from Western International University.
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