Starting school later in life allows a student the opportunity to use previous life experience and, therefore, be more aware of what program of study to pursue. The added life experience can also produce more maturity and discipline in older students, two things that are very beneficial in education. One con about starting school later in life is that older students tend to have more obligations/commitments in addition to school.
In regard to pros and cons, one item that may register on one side or the other depending on the student is the increasing use of technology. Attending school later in life provides many opportunities for a student with more life experience than traditional education to work with newer technologies and programs. The use of the newer technology can either increase the student's ability to perform the necessary tasks or hamper it. Because attending college later in life is an increasing trend in America, most colleges and universities provide resources for older students, including resources for learning how to use newer technology. One other thing to keep in mind when starting school later in life is that there are many options for taking courses, including on-campus, online and variations of the two (known as hybrid courses). The traditional view of schooling is increasingly becoming nontraditional.