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Planning for College

15 to Finish

Unless your schedule or finances only allow you to go part‐time, try to take at least 15 credits each semester.

  • You'll save money because taking 15 credits will usually cost the same as taking 12 credits at most colleges and universities. Double-check with the catalog or the registrar's office to make sure your school doesn't charge by the credit hour.
  • You're more likely to graduate on time and enter the workforce sooner.
  • You're more likely to get good grades.
  • You'll maximize your KEES award, which you can use for eight semesters within five years of graduating from high school or getting your GED.
  • You'll avoid the cost of an extra year, which could save you thousands of dollars.

Know the courses you need to graduate and meet with your advisor to map out a plan to earn your degree on time.