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Perks Of A 90-30 Program

by Margaret Hurst
Marketing Specialist

August 24, 2015

Many college students decide to attend community college before attending a 4-year school. In fact, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that 41% of students who earned associate degrees went on to earn their bachelor’s within six years.

If you’re one of those students who is attending community college, but ultimately want to earn your bachelor’s degree sometime down the road, then a 90-30 transfer program might be right for you.

90-30 programs allow you to transfer up to 90 community college credits towards your bachelor’s degree, which means that you only have 30 credits left to complete at your 4-year institution. Not all 4-year schools offer 90-30 programs (NAU is the only public university in Arizona that does), and they aren’t for everyone. There are other transfer options available if you want to transfer sooner.

The perks of a 90-30 degree program like the ones offered at NAU can be broken down into three C’s: cost, convenience, community.

1. Cost

The biggest perk of 90-30 programs is the amount of money you save in tuition and fees. It’s the most cost-effective way to earn your bachelor’s degree.

Community colleges have lower tuition rates than 4-year schools, so the more classes that you can complete at a community college, the lower your overall costs will be. If you choose to attend NAU after your associate degree, you’re also paying the lowest tuition in the state for your university credits.

2. Convenience

Being able to take 90 credits at your local community college is a huge convenience if you’re a student who is place-bound by family or work. If you can’t move or easily commute to a university for classes, but still want to learn in person rather than online, then a 90-30 program might be perfect for your needs.

3. Community

When you start attending a college, you become a part of that community. You get to know your professors, your classmates and your campus. If you’re the type of student that thrives in a close-knit, familiar environment, then completing as many of your required courses as possible at your community college may be the right choice for you. 90-30 programs let you do that—without sacrificing your education.

NAU offers 90-30 programs in: Career and Technical Education, Emergency Management, Humanities, Intelligence Studies, Law Enforcement Management, Public Administration and Technology Management. Other programs have a maximum transfer credit acceptance of 64 or 75 credits.

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