Ask Brianna: How do I afford college as an older student?

"Ask Brianna" is a column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I'm here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to .

Q: I'm going to college for the first time in my late 20s after working for several years. How do I pay for it while dealing with potentially less income in the meantime

A: Making a big change like this requires weighing the benefits against the cost. While only you can decide whether college is the right move, in most...