How do I turn my extra college credits into a degree?

Many adult college students have amassed enough college credits over their lifetimes to get some kind of degree — but they might not even know. If you’ve been asking how to turn extra college credits into a degree, there are some options you should look into. 

About three-quarters of students who transfer from a community college to a four-year college don’t realize they accumulated enough credits to transfer with an associate degree. And for those that have dropped out of community college after amassing credits, there’s a chance they dropped out without knowing they had enough for an associate. 

Unfortunately, when it comes to AA degrees, schools tend not to provide students the information they need to realize they’ve already got one. In many cases, it’s up to the student to inquire. 

State Programs for College Credits

Currently, there are 17 states that have put processes in place to reach out to students and let them know if they have enough credits for a degree.

While that’s not even half the country, you still have options for getting a degree. Firstly, if you attended a community college for over two years, you should contact the admissions office to speak to someone about reviewing your coursework.

Speak to a Counselor

A counselor at your college can review your transcripts and see if you meet all the requirements for an associate. Even if you’re on your way to a bachelor’s degree, it’s worth knowing that you could potentially have a degree in something else. 

Studies have found that over 2 million students nationwide are eligible for a degree, but don’t currently have it because they never looked into it. 

Consider going back to school

Even if you’re a few credits shy, it might be worth going back to school to finish that degree. It’s said that individuals who have an associate degree make $200k more over their lifetime than someone that doesn’t have a degree at all.

Some colleges will even help you out by offering you credits for life experiences. If you’ve held a job in a specific field and a college is willing to grant you credit for that, you might not even need to go back to school. 

Whatever your case is, if you feel like you have enough credits to potentially qualify for a degree, reach out to your school and see what can be done. After all, when it comes to pay and job searching, the more experience you have the better.