This week we have talked about money. Many students come to college to get an education so they can earn more money. The US Census reports that someone with a high school diploma will earn 1.2 million over their lifetime, but getting a college degree will boost your lifetime earning power to 2.3 million. Getting a college degree pays.
Here in Texas getting your college degree in 4 years also pays. Did you know that if you complete your degree in 4 years and you do not attempt more than 3 hours more than what your degree requires will earn you $1000. Just by going to class, studying, getting good grades and graduating you can get money!
How can YOU earn this $1000 rebate for graduating on time? I am going to give you some tips to help you earn $1000 in 4 years.
1. Focus on Core Curriculum requirements your first year. If you take courses that fulfill your core curriculum then you will not risk being over the credit limit if you change majors.
2. Meet with your academic advisor every semester. They can help you pick core classes that meet the requirements for your intended major or majors of interest.
3. Always have a back up plan. You could have planned the perfect schedule but when it is time to register one of the classes could be full. Have a few classes in mind that you can take (and meet a requirement) if a class is full.
4. Focus on courses that meet requirements and not on classes that meet your sleep schedule. Yes, 8am classes are not the most popular among college students (sleep is), but making a schedule based on your sleep habits is likely to lead to not graduating on time.
5. When it is time to apply for graduation make sure you are eligible to graduate (talk to your advisor), apply for graduation, sign and date the application for the tuition rebate and return to the Registrar.
If you are taking out student loans and you are eligible for the tuition rebate the university will send the check to one of your student loans (you can pick which one and I suggest picking the one that has the highest interest rate).
Did you know about the tuition rebate program before reading the blog? Do you still have questions? Tell me in the comment section.