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My husband finally got his associate's degree in Environmental Science last year at the age of 31. He would love to get a 4 year degree, but we haven't figured out how to manage that yet.
It was a struggle, but he gained so much from the experience.
Definitely decide what job you want and what education you need to get there. Determine if that job is attainable in your location.
A community college is a great place to start out. I would recommend taking at least a few regular in person classes before switching to online classes to get into the swing of things. Also, setting a two year degree as your first goal will feel more attainable, and it will be good to have that achievement in case life gets in the way of a 4 year degree.
Regarding online classes, they require a lot of self discipline. You might want to try taking a free not for credit class at coursera.org to see what it is like and if you think you can handle it.
When choosing a school, try to avoid for-profit schools like the University of Phoenix or anything similar advertised on TV. Many reputable colleges such as Penn State world campus offer online degrees.
#1 Choose a degree that will payoff. I recommend a science based degree. There is a severe deficiency in the US for people with science degrees.
#2 Step up a daily routine each semester that will allow you to be successful and is able to be repeatable so much so that you feel like a robot performing the same work. Before you know it years will have passed and you will be graduating.
#3 If you get to the point that you feel you will not make it, consider an internship in order earn experience and money in your degree.