Why is taking 15 credits per semester important?
- You’re more likely to graduate on time.
- Research has shown you’re more likely to get better grades.
- If you attend a 4-year college, you’ll save money, since taking 15 credits is the same cost as taking 12 credits. You’re getting 3 credits for FREE!
- By finishing on time, you have more options. You can get an advanced degree, take time off to travel or volunteer, or start working full-time.
- On average, residents in Hawaiʻi with a bachelor’s degree earned more than $52,000 per year and had a 4.5% unemployment rate. Those earning an associate degree earned more than $43,500 per year and had a 4.6% unemployment rate. Compare that to the average annual earnings of those who finished high school but did not earn a degree – just over $33,000, with a 6.2% unemployment rate. 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 it’s possible, cut back on work time so you can earn 15 credits per semester and finish faster. The payoff in your salary as a college graduate will be worth it.
- If you have to work, consider working on campus while taking 15 credits. You’ll have more flexibility in your schedule and will have a shorter commute time than if you work off campus.
- Be ready for freshman English and Math, and take these courses as part of your first 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 by nearly all colleges and universities 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 can’t take 15 credits a semester, take summer classes to stay on track.
For specific information on the campus you are attending, go to www.Hawaii.edu