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.
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
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
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.
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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