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Is College Right for Me? 3 Great Reasons to Go to College

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“Is college right for me?”

It’s a question that anyone who's ever attended college has had to ask—and answer.

Whether you’re a recent high school graduate or you’re 35 years old and looking for ways to elevate your career to the next level, it’s a life-changing decision—and a big commitment. For many would-be students, the thought of the time, money and energy required to earn a college degree can be overwhelming—and sometimes even hard to justify.

So is that degree really worth all that’s required to earn it? Here are three factors that suggest the answer is “yes”:

1: You’ll earn more money over the course of your career.

The income gap between high school and college graduates has widened. A 2014 report published by the Federal Reserve Board of San Francisco shows that a college graduate can expect to earn $830,000 more over the course of his or her career than someone earning a high school diploma. The report concludes: “Although there are stories of people who skipped college and achieved financial success, for most Americans the path to higher future earnings involves a four-year degree. We show that the value of a college degree remains high, and that the average college graduate can recover the cost of attending in less than 20 years.”

2: Research shows that there are many benefits of college reaped beyond financial success.

According to It’s Not Just the Money: The Benefits of College Education to Individuals and Society , authored by Philip Trostel, a professor at The University of Maine School of Economics, Americans with a bachelor’s degree enjoy numerous benefits and advantages in comparison to high school graduates who have never attended college, including:

  • Life expectancy (at age 25) is seven years longer for those having at least some college.
  • Their likelihood of having health insurance through employment is 47 percent higher.
  • Their probability of being married is 21 percent higher—and their probability of being divorced or separated is 61 percent lower.
  • Their incidence of poverty is 3.5 times lower.
  • Their probability of being in prison or jail is 4.9 times lower.

Trostel’s paper, published by the Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all, also notes that the likelihood of college graduates reporting their health to be very good or excellent is 44 percent greater.

3: Having a college degree can help to make it easier to land a good job—even when that position doesn’t necessarily require a degree.

As the job market becomes increasingly competitive, “College Degree Preferred” increasingly means “College Degree Required”. Many college graduates are applying for—and getting—jobs that don’t require a degree. An employer who receives dozens of applications is likely to create unofficial, unspoken filters before sifting through applications. If 50 applicants have college degrees and 50 others don’t, which stack do you think is going to be reviewed more seriously?

Many schools, including Argosy University, offer online programs or blended programs in which students take some classes on campus and others online. If you’ve thought through the reasons to attend college and decide it’s time to begin, be sure to connect quickly with a student advisor at the school you choose. He or she can guide you through the enrollment process, provide valuable advice, and help you stack the odds of success in your favor.


Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: Argosy University, 601 South Lewis Street, Orange, CA 92868 © 2017 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu.
See auprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Transferring to a New Higher Ed Program: It May Be Easier Than You Think

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You’re committed to completing your degree. But maybe your current program of study isn’t providing the knowledge you hoped it would. Or you’re moving and need to find a new school with a similar program. You want to keep moving forward without losing the school credits you’ve already earned.

At Argosy University, we’re committed to helping students who want to transfer into our programs. We offer evening and weekend class options at our18 locations nationwide. And for those who prefer online education, our online classrooms are open 24/7.


So how does the credit transfer process begin? Start by contacting one of our admissions representatives at 1-888-995-2568. They’ll instruct you to fill out a quick application that includes your previous school’s name and a transcript request form. With that information, we will contact your previous school and request an official transcript.

If you want to get the process moving even more quickly (and you don’t have an official transcript in hand), you can print out your unofficial transcript and we can still start the process. But remember that we’ll need that official transcript for credit transfers to be finalized. There’s no cost for you for us to request your transcript and to begin the transfer of credit evaluation process.

If, for some reason, we are unable to secure the official transcript from your prior school, it’s your responsibility to pay for and acquire it. But don’t worry, we are here to help and we’ll do everything we can to get it ourselves.


What happens next? Once you’ve submitted an application and we’ve seen your official or unofficial transcript, our Transfer of Credit Department will review the classes you’ve taken and compare them to our class offerings. Credit may be given for the classes you’ve taken that match the classes we offer.

Even better—you’ll know within 24 hours how many of your credits may transfer. Your admissions representative will contact you and let you know when you can begin classes. If you’re still waiting on an official transcript, you may still begin to take classes. But you’ll need that official transcript ASAP.

Transfer credit is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Argosy University offers no guarantee that credit earned at another institution will be accepted into a program of study offered by Argosy University.


What if I Want a Complete Change? Transferring into Argosy University provides you with the opportunity to explore your options and think about whether you want to stay with your existing program. If you’re pondering a program change—there’s no time like right now, when you’re transferring, let’s chat!


Are there scholarship opportunities available? Argosy University offers a variety of scholarship and grant opportunities for prospective and current students as well as alumni of our schools. These resources may be restricted to certain programs, campuses, and other requirements and are subject to change at any time. Please visit our Scholarship and Grant Opportunities web page to learn more.


Can my job experience count as credit? Possibly. Examples of learning that may be eligible for credit include:

· Professional certifications such as Certified Addictions Counselor, Professional in Human Resources, Project Management Professional and computer certifications such as A+.

· Professional training such as Police Academy, Corrections Academy, Fire Academy, state required P.O.S.T. training and Six Sigma training.

· Professional licenses such as Real Estate Salesperson and Broker, Insurance Broker, Cosmetologist, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Pharmacy Technician.

· Diplomas such as Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, Nurse Aid and Massage Therapy.

· Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) can provide education on a variety of topics, often for little to no cost to the learner. MOOCs may be a low cost means of obtaining additional study materials, but they may also help students earn college credit. For MOOCs with college credit recommendations from the American Council on Education (ACE) and National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS), you should submit an official ACE or NCCRS approved transcript of completed MOOCs. MOOCs without ACE or NCCRS credit recommendations may also be submitted for assessment.


There are other options, too, and it’s best to contact an admissions representative to discuss your particular situation. Call 1-855-725-4299 to for more information.

You can learn more about the credit transfer process and view our school’s locations by visiting our credit transfer webpage. Please feel free to call us with questions. If you would like to apply now, click here. And know that we’re behind you, with the support you’ll need to make transferring your credits happen quickly and efficiently.

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Your Prior Learning Might Help Save You Time and Money

Did you know that, as of July 2011, undergraduate students can submit a portfolio of their professional learning to determine if that learning can earn credit through a prior learning assessment or PLA?

PLA can help students potentially have a faster path to graduation – and save some money along the way – because PLA credits are earned even while students are continuing to take courses at Argosy University.

Credits earned through a prior learning assessment portfolio can be counted towards your total credits as you proceed towards graduation. To determine if your prior learning can earn credit, undergraduate students can submit a portfolio of their professional learning to the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) center.

PLA can help students potentially have a faster path to graduation – and save some money along the way – because PLA credits are earned while students are continuing to take courses at Argosy.

How it Works

Students can submit a portfolio of licenses, certificates, or corporate training for assessment for PLA credits.

There is a $95, one-time fee for the assessment process. This fee will cover any and all credits assessed and awarded to you over the entire course of your degree program – meaning you can submit a portfolio at any time and you’ll only pay the fee once. Although, we do encourage students to submit their learning for evaluation as early as possible.

How to Get Started

You can contact your Academic Counselor to see if any credits in your program can be fulfilled through PLA. You can also contact PLA for a brief online or over the phone interview:

Prior Learning Assessment | Argosy University
Phone: 877-884-8037
Email: aupla@argosy.edu

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 10am – 6pm

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