Thank you for helping to bring the focus back to the original question! In my particular case, I would be studying towards a personal goal, not for career growth - so I am more interested in the acceptance and financial support aspect.
I appreciate your input about admissions and assistantships being age-blind. It is very welcome and encouraging news! I had assumed there probably would be an age bias, so am happy to see, from multiple responses, that I was wrong! This opens up all kinds of possibilities for the future.
Thank you very much for your thorough response!
Best regards, Beth
Another thing to consider when making a decision to continue on with a PhD degree is to make sure the program has a direct relevance or would further enhance your current teaching profession. If I'm not mistaken a colleague of ours, Robin, has said he may run into a challenge with the admission into a PhD Program primarily due to his Master's in Medieval Studies---don't remember which PhD program he was trying to apply for, but the comment implies a quandary. The degree itself is quite costly, et al. In addition to the time you will invest to get through the program---may it be online or on campus. Since we get old (some have commented), and time is gold, you will want to make sure the program won't keep you for far too long---complete the degree within a reasonable timeline, in other words. In retrospect, regret is after the fact, be sure you know what's written in fine prints and how much money you will end up spending or borrowing to get the degree---to further your knowledge. Well wishes to all current PhD colleagues. Good luck!