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Why some students quit college - and how they can finish

Dave_BerryDave_Berry CC Admissions Expert Posts: 2,350 Senior Member
"... Programs like Tennessee Reconnect are available in more than 20 communities across 13 states — students can find one near them through The Graduate! Network's website. Those who don't have access to free help can navigate the process independently by following these tips:

— Contact your original school's admissions, advising or registrar's office to find out what you need to do to finish your degree.

— Consider other schools, particularly if you had a bad experience at your previous institution. If you need a more flexible class schedule, explore options including online or hybrid programs, which mix online and in-person classes." ...


Replies to: Why some students quit college - and how they can finish

  • juilletjuillet Super Moderator Posts: 11,670 Super Moderator
    I think one of the biggest problems a lot of students who quit have is they make assumptions - about how much money they can get, about whether the school will accept them back, about whether or not other colleges will take their credits - rather than reaching out and asking someone. Programs like this are good because they encourage students to get out there and ask.
    — Look for a college that offers a prior learning assessment program if you plan to study in a field you've already worked in, says Lexi Anderson, a policy analyst at Education Commission of the States, a Denver-based organization focused on state-level education policy. You may be able to earn college credit for experience and skills you already have.

    But be careful with this. There are a lot of expensive for-profit schools that prey on students precisely through offering credit for "skills earned" or past experiences. The unfortunate truth is many (perhaps most) reputable colleges don't provide credit for things other than coursework, exams, or approved internships.
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