So perhaps you started college, have some credits under your belt, but something happened along the way and you never quite finished that degree. If I could give you two very good reasons why it is time, as our friends at Nike might say, "Just finish it!" would you be interested?

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Don't Leave Money on the Table!

You wouldn't dream of walking away from potential income, right? However, that is exactly what can happen when you don't finish your degree. Recently released data from the Pew Research Center shows the median annual earnings for college graduates outpaces students with some college or a two-year degree by $15,000. For those with only a high school diploma the gap grows to $17,500.

Let's just look at what a $17,500 salary gap could mean over your work life. An employee with only a high school education who is 25 years old today could potentially be losing out on $700,000 in income by the time they reach retirement at age 65

Greater Satisfaction!

Unlike the Rolling Stones who sing, "I can't get no satisfaction" it seems that young adults with a college degree report significantly higher satisfaction in their current work. The Pew Research Center data shows that 56% of young adults with a college degree are very satisfied with their current job vs. 44% of high school graduates. Given we spend a significant portion of our week, 33%, at work, doesn't it logically follow work time should be more enjoyable? Of additional note, to even get these higher satisfaction jobs, 68% of young adults stated the position required a college degree. Both of these points, satisfaction and access to jobs underscore why finishing your degree offers intrinsic value.

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What Do I Do Next?

The good news is by this point you realize finishing your degree offers the potential to earn more and have greater satisfaction while doing it. So what are your next steps? The Mount offers undergraduate programs specifically designed for working adults including Business, Elementary Education, Criminal Justice and coming soon a degree in Human Services. Classes are conveniently held at the Frederick Campus of Mount St Mary's, which is located near the FSK mall. In contrast to a traditional 15-week semester, most courses are offered in accelerated 5- or 8-week sessions allowing students to expeditiously complete their degree. Classes meet once each week, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Sessions run on a year-round schedule. Students may also obtain college credits through testing (CLEP, DSST) or portfolio development designed to assess prior learning.

So what are you waiting for? Contact our academic advisor Janene Horne: or (301) 682-8315 and find out more about how the Mount's Accelerated Undergraduate Degree Program can help you finish that degree.