Complete at least 15 semester hours
If you fall behind, plan to make up the missing
credits as soon as possible. The best time to do this is during the summer when
tuition is usually less-expensive
Plan to complete a Winter Term course
This will give you the opportunity to meet your
winter term requirements early in your college career
It’s Free – Graceland does not charge tuition
for Winter Term!
By taking a winter term each year you are at
Graceland it will effectively give you almost an entire semester worth of free tuition
Don’t Withdraw from that Class!
University course work will be challenging at
times but withdrawing from a class is not always the best answer. You may need
to see a tutor or visit the writing center. You may need to study more. You may
need to adjust your time commitments.
If you withdraw from a course, you will
essentially have to pay for it twice – the first time when you withdrew and the
second time when you need to take it again.
Withdrawing from a class could negatively affect
your financial aid eligibility
Go to class! Believe it or not, missing class is
the primary reason for low grades.
Essentially the best advice is that if you can
pass the class, don’t withdraw from it.
Don’t begin with a five-year plan!
Staying in school just one extra semester will
likely cost you (or your parents) an average of $30,000!
Even if you have scholarships and other
financial aid, you will probably owe some money towards tuition and fees
You may need to take out an extra semester’s
worth of student loans
You will be missing out on 6-months of full-time
work experience and salary
Use a Four-Year-Plan and build a
strong foundation with General Education courses
Work closely with CAP Center Advisors during
your first year at Graceland to plan the best schedule for you
Even if you are not sure about your intended
major, choose a four-year plan that best meets your interests, talents or
Plan to take as many General Education courses
as possible during your first and second year to help you acquire these critical
skills and understanding.
This should put you in a good position to
complete all requirements in 4-year even if you do change majors