Paying to work

The most influential and underrated aspect of higher education is the internship. Although the concept of working for zero compensation can be nerve-wracking, the numerous benefits last much longer than a minimum wage paycheck.

If the internship warrants three course credits, that is one less classroom to walk into. The amount of money saved on books, hours saved in the TECH Center and the ability to focus on personal interests sounds promising.

However, the credits need to be closely inspected because an internship and five classes could end up costing extra money in the long run. Students are only allowed to take a maximum of 18 credits per semester. Tuition only covers 17 credits, so maxing out at 18 will cost an additional $600.

For example, a student can take four classes for three credits each and an internship, which would total 15 credits. If the student wants to take five classes for three credits each and an internship for only two credits, they could keep their credit count at 17, provided that their internship is flexible.

Many students struggle to effectively stay on track for graduation while attempting to avoid over-budgeting their credits.

Advisors suggest that students check in at least once a semester to stay on track and avoid surprise extensions of their college career.

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