Earning a degree while balancing work and family is not always easy, but it is always worth it. If you have been considering completing your education, you are not alone. Over 40 million people in the United States have earned some college but have not yet finished their degree. In fact, nearly 47 percent of current college students are working adults with families and other responsibilities, just like you.
The benefits of completing a bachelor’s degree are many. Below, we highlight the six reasons we hear the most from our students and graduates about why they have chosen to finish their degree.
- You are more likely to advance in your career. Completing your bachelor’s degree will allow you to learn new skills—analytical, theoretical, leadership and much more. Those skills will transfer to the workplace and give you an advantage when putting your hat in for promotion opportunities or applying for new positions. Additionally, the job market has changed due to the pandemic. Companies have transformed the way they do business and many have completely reshaped their business models. Earning your degree will not only help you become proficient in the discipline you choose, but will also advance the skills that will help you remain relevant in the ever-changing workplace.
- You can make more money over the life of your career. Earning a higher paying salary is one of the many reasons working adults return to college. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the median income for individuals with a bachelor’s degree is almost double the amount earned by those with a high school diploma. Not only will this significant difference benefit you and your family in the present, it will translate to higher earnings over the life of your career, which, in turn, will lead to more money saved for retirement. In fact, a bachelor’s degree alone can help graduates earn, on average, 84 percent more over their lifetime than those who achieve a high school diploma.
- You will put your previously earned college credit to good use. Many adult students who have some college do not realize that those credits can be transferred in to degree programs across the country. Over the past several years, colleges have revamped their transfer credit policies to allow more generous amounts of credit to be transferred, no matter the subject or types of credits earned. We are proud to say we are one of those institutions that offers a robust transfer credit program. We know you worked hard for your credits and invested time and money in earning them, and it is important to us to recognize your investment and help you finish what you started.
- You can save money. Just as in 2020, college tuition continues to remain stable and affordable in 2021. Now is a great time to capitalize on lower tuition rates and Federal Student Aid, which utilizes low interest student loans and grants* and allows you to invest in your education now and pay later. And, when the time comes to make payments, loan companies typically offer multiple options for repayment based on your employment status and income level. (*Grants are awarded based on income eligibility.)
- You will set a positive example for your family. We have said it before, and we will say it again—the domino effect of just one person completing a college education can positively impact a family for multiple generations. Earning your degree will not only set a positive example for your immediate family, but may encourage members of your extended family, friend group or professional network to take the next step, too. If nothing else, do this for your kids. According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the children of parents with college degrees are more likely to earn a degree themselves.
- You will be proud. Life can oftentimes be filled with regret about the things we started but never finished. Many of our current students and graduates have shared testimonials with us about the deep sense of pride they feel when completing something they never thought they could finish. Your degree will represent years of hard work and determination, and will be a reminder to you that you can do anything you put your mind to. Few achievements compare to the personal satisfaction of graduating from college.
If you are ready to finish your bachelor’s degree, there is no better time than now. Tiffin University’s 100% online degree completion program is affordable, accredited, and transfer credit friendly. Our bachelor’s in workplace leadership allows you to transfer up to 90 credits which means none of your hard-earned college credits are wasted.
An education is one of a handful of things that can never be taken away, and one that can pay dividends for years to come. Secure your future now and let’s finish what you started. We promise it will be worth it. Contact our admissions team to apply today.
Learn about Tiffin University’s bachelor’s degree completion program.