Got 15? Encourages students to complete their degree on time. The benefits of successfully completing at least 15 hours per semester saves time, money, and increases post graduation options (graduate school & earning potential). Most degrees at Kent State University require at least 120 credits to complete, so if students want to finish their associate degree in two years or bachelor’s degree in four years, they need to take a minimum of 15 credit hours each semester.

Students who take at least 15 credits each semester:

Are more likely to complete college on time and earn better grades than their peers who take fewer credits.

Finish college faster and can start on a career that provides financial independence and increased lifetime earnings.

Save Time

Students who successfully complete at least 15 credit hours each semester finish their college degree on time. Literature from Complete College America (CCA) says time not money is the biggest obstacle for students completing college. The longer it takes a student to complete their degree, the less likely it is they will graduate.

Time is the Enemy*

Save Money

Research has shown that most full-time students take less than 15 credit hours and don’t finish on time, adding the costs of extra semesters. This cost is expensive for the student and parents/guardians. An additional 3 credit hours may not seem significant, but Kent State University’s in-state students that take 15 hours a semester or 30 hours a year, as opposed to just 12 credit hours, will save the following:

Based on 2014-15 cost of attendance, the average four-year degree at Kent State University is $79,680, while a six-year degree totals $119,520. That is a savings of $39,840.

Be Successful

Full-time students who successfully complete 15 credit hours each semester, perform 
better than full-time students who take less than 15 credit hours each semester**.

FR Cohort Term 12-14 Credit Hours 15+ Credit Hours
Fall 2009 2.65 2.96
Fall 2010 2.65 2.98
Fall 2011 2.64 2.98
Fall 2012 2.80 3.00
Fall 2013 2.91 3.06
5-Year Average 2.73 3.00

** According to Kent State University's Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness data

Get a Head Start

The sooner a student graduates, the sooner they can enter the professional world and begin life beyond the classroom. After completing a bachelor's degree, students are able to reap the benefits of their college education by starting graduate school or paying off their student debt.

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