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Why is taking 15 credits per semester important?

  • You're more likely to graduate on time.
  • You're more likely to get better grades.
  • By finishing on time, you'll save money. An additional year of college can cost you up to $50,000 in extra tuition, lost wages and other costs.
  • By finishing on time, you have more options. You'll have better job opportunities that offer higher salaries and better job security.
  • It pays to earn your degree, and earning it faster means you'll make more money over the span of your career.

What can you do to get on board?

  • College is a commitment. Earning 15 credits per semester may not be easy, but it will give you the advantage of graduating on time and getting ahead. Know the courses you need to graduate, and meet with your advisor to map out a plan to earn your degree on time.
  • Make school your priority. If possible, cut back on work time, so you can complete 15 credits per semester and finish faster. The payoff in your salary as a college graduate will be worth it.
  • Consider working on campus while taking 15 credits if you have to work. You'll have more flexibility in your schedule and a shorter commute time than if you work off campus.
  • Complete your first-year English and Math courses during your freshmen year of college. Students who take 15 credits per semester and complete their English and Math courses early are more likely to graduate on time.
  • Fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the application used to determine eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs. You may be eligible for grants and free gift aid which do not have to be paid-back. With financial assistance, you can concentrate on your studies, work fewer hours and finish college faster.
  • Be proactive and ask for help. On campus, you're surrounded with people and resources with the purpose of helping you get your degree. Ask for help from professors, teaching assistants, academic advisors and even fellow students when you need it.

Take summer classes! Even if you cant take 15 credits a semester, take summer classes to stay on track. You must complete at least 30 credits each academic year to graduate on time, so summer is great time to catch up.