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The Value of an Associate Degree

What is an associate degree? And why should I consider getting one?

These might be a few questions that come to mind right away, and Continuing & Distance Education at SDState is here to answer them. An associate degree is a degree granted after a course of study that is typically two years or 60 credit-hours of education.

Here are four reasons why you should consider an associate degree.

Complete Courses Online

For students who want to get started on a career right away, but also want to pursue post-secondary education, getting an associate degree online is a smart solution. Associate degrees are offered online at SDState in a variety of areas, like construction technology, sociology and general studies, and they can be completed virtually anywhere.

Make More Money

The difference in salary between a person with a GED and a person with an associate degree is astounding. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, students who earn an associate degree make an average of $40,542 per year. Not to mention, attending a more affordable college for your first two years of education will decrease your student loans and could save you $12,000 to $66,000.

Find Your Calling

Around 80 percent of students enter college uncertain of what major they would like to pursue, even if they have already declared one, according to Penn State University. Also, the University of La Verne reported that more than 50 percent of students change their majors at least once during college.

Taking the risk of entering college without feeling confident in your major can get expensive. The good news about SDState is that we offer affordable associate and bachelor’s programs, so if you do find your calling during your first two years, you can continue your education without the hassle of transferring schools.

Transfer Credits

Already having a degree under your belt when you decide to apply to a four-year university is an impressive addition to your college application that will set you apart from other applicants. Also, if you have hopes of attending a larger, more expensive university, but can’t afford it right away, completing general courses and gaining an associate degree at a smaller or more affordable college is an awesome alternative. This option could not only save you money, but also help you find your calling before you commit to higher education with a higher price tag.

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