How is HornetAttain! Connected to Sac State?  

HornetAttain! is part of a regional collaborative to increase quality post-secondary educational attainment among working-age adults to 60% by 2025. HornetAttain! is an initiative of Sac State focused on helping adult learners who started college but left before completing to return to finish their degrees. Representatives from across Sac State are involved in the design and implementation of HornetAttain!–all working together to support returning learners. 

How is going through HornetAttain! different from scheduling an appointment with an academic advisor through Sac State?  

HornetAttain! is about more than academic advising. We understand that the decision to return to school can be a difficult one, and balancing your academic and career goals with other responsibilities can be a challenge. That is why each learner returning through HornetAttain! will work with an Achievement Advisor to answer questions, understand your unique needs and identify resources available to address them as you work to complete your degree.  

How do I overcome feeling like I’m too old to return to school? 

If you’re worried about returning to school at this point in your life, remember you are not alone. In fact, 74% percent of college students are diverse and multi-generational learners (source: NCES). Once you begin taking classes, you’ll realize the strength you have in numbers as an empowered adult learner.   

Will I receive assistance with financial aid?  

Your Achievement Advisor understands that finances can be a hurdle to returning to school, and they can help connect you with potential resources.   

Does going back to school pay off?  

It’s not easy going back to school with career, family and financial commitments. Sometimes it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day. Finishing your degree will position you for increased income, more career opportunities and enormous personal satisfaction. If you’re still on the fence, consider this:  

  • $1.2 M: amount that college grads earn over their career compared to those with a high school diploma  
  • 74%: how much higher the median earnings are of adults with a bachelor’s degree compared with high school graduates  
  • 31%: how much higher the median earnings are of adults with a bachelor’s degree compared with an associate’s degree  
Data sourced from industry reports compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.  

Are there flexible learning options through Sac State that are better suited to my busy life than the traditional path?  

Yes, there are distance learning options and evening/weekend courses offered outside of the standard workweek. Your Achievement Advisor will help you find flexible options that fit into your schedule and goals.  

What can I do to start preparing to return to school?  

Have a clear goal of what you want to achieve, set realistic expectations and get excited. You should check with your employer to see if they offer tuition assistance and complete the FAFSA application if you anticipate needing financial assistance. It is also a good idea to gather your transcripts from all the institutions you’ve attended to ensure you get credit for all applicable units.  

It was hard before, and it feels like it might be harder now that I have a family, job, etc. What are some tips for transitioning back to school? 

Start slow and find a format that works for your lifestyle. Often going back to school after spending time in the working world can be an advantage because it provides perspective and context. According to research published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, adults are believed to exhibit more engaged learning, problem-solving skills and a stronger internal motivation level. Given this, it may be easier than you think. 

Do I really need a degree?  

It depends on what you want to achieve. There is no one size fits all approach to education, and your Achievement Advisor will help you identify the best program to help you achieve your goals. 

How do I get started? 

To get started, please contact our HornetAttain! Learner Support Center to speak with a representative.

A HornetAttain! Host will discuss setting up an appointment with an Achievement Advisor, talk through your education goals and collect some preliminary information.  

HornetAttain! Learner Support Center Phone Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
Tuesday, Thursday: 5 - 7 p.m.