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15 to Finish

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The 15 to Finish campaign is designed to encourage students to take a full course load each semester to help them earn their degrees more quickly.  The premise behind 15 to Finish is to promote the completion of 30 credits per year so that a typical bachelor's degree can be completed in 4 years. 

Why 15 to Finish?

15 to Finish is not just a program at the University of Nevada, Reno.  The campaign has been adopted by all the schools in the Nevada System of Higher Education as degree completion is a benefit to the entire state.  A short video has been created to help show a quick view of what the program is about.

Graduate on Time

When you complete more credits each semester, you can be on track to graduate.  It's simple math: 12 credits per semester = 5 years for a typical bachelor's degree; 15 credits per semester = 4 years for a typical bachelor's degree

Save Money

The less time you are in school, the less debt you accrue from tuition, fees, books, food, housing, etc.

Earn Sooner

The sooner you finish your degree, the sooner you can start into your career.  In Nevada, a person with a bachelor's degree earns $18,000 more per year than a person with only a high school diploma.

How to Get Started

  • Start taking courses you will need to complete your degree requirements.  You will want to talk with your academic advisor to find out what courses you need to take.  Don't know who your academic advisor is?  You can find your advisor from our page on Academic Central.  Find your advisor
  • Create a plan to graduate in consultation with your academic advisor.  Use this handout to plan each semester of your degree.
  • Enroll in 15 credits or more each fall and spring semester.  If you cannot take 15 or more credits, consider using Wintermester and Summer Session to complete 30 credits per year
  • Stay up-to-date on course offerings and events by checking MyNEVADA every week.  This is how you will know about important deadlines, academic events and registration information.

Financial Aid Policy

In support of the 15 to Finish campaign, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships has a policy that requires 15 credits of enrollment for many aspects of student aid.  To find out the details of this program, please visit the Financial Aid website.

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