MAV Momentum Year
These strategies include completing 30 hours within the first academic year, together with 9 credit hours in an area of interest, and completing fundamental academic skills courses within the first 45 credit hours. Students who do these things are more successful in their academic studies, they save on tuition and fees, and they graduate sooner.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Completion Imperative is focused on meeting the demands of Nebraska by increasing the number of students who successfully graduate college. Many college students don’t take steps early in their college career to ensure they successfully finish a degree on-time, and with minimal debt. Students sometimes assume if they attend college full-time they will graduate on-time. However, full-time is considered 12 credit hours per semester, while on-time is 30 credit hours per year. The benefits of pursuing a momentum year to ensure graduation on-time can be significant:
Reason #1: ENSURE SUCCESS: The nationwide data is compelling. Taking 30+ credit hours per year increases retention, on-time graduation rates, leads to higher GPAs, and lower dropout rates. Additionally, students who complete their fundamental academic skills courses will be better prepared for the writing, speaking, and quantitative expectations of upper division courses in their academic major.
Reason #2: SAVE ON TUITION/FEES: Students save thousands of dollars by graduating on time. Because colleges charge certain fixed fees for every semester, students save money in the long term by taking more credits per term. Fewer semesters spent at college likely means less debt and less principle and interest paid back after college.
Reason #3: START A CAREER SOONER: Students who finish college on-time in four years can start a full-time career and earn a paycheck sooner. If students extend their time at college by taking fewer than 30 credit hours per year, they will pay additional tuition and fees, and will delay the start of professional work. The extra cost of an extra year in college includes additional loan debt, and lost salary and retirement savings. These extra costs (additional debt + lost wages + lost retirement savings) can total tens of thousands of dollars per year.
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