Applying for college is a powerful step toward a better life. College graduates have median weekly earnings that are $502 higher than those with just a high school diploma. Their unemployment rates are lower, and they’re safer in an economic downturn. A college degree can change the course of someone’s entire life. Despite these benefits, the path to a degree for many adult students is windy and uphill. For example, many students leave college before completing their degree. Others struggle to fit college into their already busy lives, straining both their personal and professional endeavors.