'''Basic Trope''': An adult character returns to school.
* '''Straight''': Alice decides to finally get her bachelor's degree.
* '''Exaggerated''': Alice needs to go back to JuniorHigh.
* '''Downplayed''': Alice is working towards her master's degree online.
* '''Justified''':
** Alice needs some additional training to get a degree, license, or certificate for her career.
** Alice never got to finish school and wants to do that, so she can make a better life for herself and/or her family.
** Alice wants some personal enrichment.
** Alice can't afford graduate school on her own, but the company she works for is willing to pay for her advanced education as long as a) she keeps her grades up and b) it's relevant to her career field. She'd be crazy not to take the opportunity.
* '''Inverted''':
** Alice, a young elementary school child, follows an adult around at "Career Day."
** Alice, a teenager, gets her first job at BurgerFool.
** While all of Alice's classmates go on to fourth grade, Alice [[HeldBackInSchool must repeat third grade]].
** Alice makes the choice to drop out of high school or college.
** Alice has been a [[{{Housewife}} stay-at-home wife and mother]], and either has never been in the workforce, or [[CareerVersusMan left the workforce when she married Bob several years ago]] [[FamilyVersusCareer or had her first child]]. Some financial tough times (or simply boredom during the day while the kids are at school) prompt Alice to seek at least part-time (if not full-time) employment.
* '''Subverted''':
** Alice takes classes [[CorrespondenceCourse online or by correspondence]].
** Alice is 19, and entering college as a freshman.
** Alice is only changing her major or transferring schools.
** [[TragicDropout Alice dropped out of high school]] when she faced a TeenPregnancy. She is now finding that getting a job is difficult because she doesn't have a high school diploma, and wonders about going back, but then decides it would be too difficult to go back to school with a baby or toddler to look after.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** Well, all the book work. She has a couple of lab sessions, and for that, she has to go to the local community college campus.
** She took a year off after HighSchool to go backpacking through Europe.
** Her credits aren't making the transition with her, so she'll have to start all over from square one.
** Alice studies to take the GED exam and get her [[FunWithAcronyms "Good Enough Degree."]]
** Alice goes to school part-time, or enters a program geared towards teen moms.
* '''Parodied''': Alice's PointyHairedBoss actually pays for her to repeat ''kindergarten.''
* '''Zig Zagged''': Alice enrolls in college, then changes her major, then changes it again, then drops out, then re-enrolls six months later, then transfers schools...
* '''Averted''':
** Alice is not enrolled in school, and never thinks of going back.
** Alice is enrolled in school from the beginning.
* '''Enforced''':
** Let's do AnAesop about how it's never too late to learn, or about the importance of staying in school!
** LoserProtagonist
* '''Lampshaded''': "I wonder if I should go back to college?"
* '''Invoked''':
** Alice, a young girl who became pregnant in high school and [[GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion had the baby]] is looking for additional money to support herself and the baby after [[GlorifiedSpermDonor the father leaves]], her parents cut her off financially [[IHaveNoSon (or disown her)]], etc. She's finding that she can't get anything above minimum wage (and sometimes can't even get those kinds of jobs) because every place wants ''at least'' a high school diploma. She starts to think about going back.
** Alice wants to move up in her career, but the only way to do that is to get an advanced degree.
* '''Exploited''':
** In order to keep teens from dropping out due to TeenPregnancy, a school is set up for teen moms that provides free or low-cost childcare, a more flexible schedule, etc.
** [[INeedAnIndexByMonday TropeCo Inc]]. pays for its employees to get advanced degrees provided they meet certain requirements, or will reimburse them their tuition for such.
** A community college pops up, with flexible class schedules, as well as online classes, designed to work around the work schedules of working adults who wish to get degrees or certificates, or who simply want personal enrichment.
** A regular college or university does the previous point, especially if it's offering a graduate program, or marketing itself towards people who either never completed their undergraduate studies, or who are looking to completely change careers.
* '''Defied''':
** Alice decides to wait until her child is old enough to go to school before going back herself, seeing as she doesn't have anyone to look after the kid during the day, or that she can't keep up with both schoolwork ''and'' taking care of a baby or toddler.
** Alice is afraid of failing, or what others might think, and decides not to go back.
** Alice decides she has no interest in going back to school.
* '''Discussed''': ???
* '''Conversed''': ???
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