Taking the next steps to complete your degree

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Stepping in the right direction

Starting school again after putting your education on hold is a big step, but one that will be worth your while. Completing your degree is easier and more affordable than you may think and leads to higher pay, more interesting career opportunities, a personal sense of pride and greater confidence.

With proper planning, you can set yourself up for success in your educational journey, making your investment in degree completion count. Here’s what you’ll need to take the next steps towards finishing your degree:

Ask yourself these questions:

What is missing in your life? What are your objectives for yourself? Why do you want to invest in your education? What is your educational goal? What steps will you need to take to achieve that goal?

Find the right program.

CCE offers a variety of degree completion programs to meet the unique needs of non-traditional students, providing the academic quality of a traditional four-year university but designed to fit your busy schedule. CCE programs are approved by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), meaning that your education meets specific, high-quality academic standards. 

Confirm your eligibility.

Each of CCE’s degree completion programs have their own specific requirements. Be sure to review these and make sure you are applying to the program that is the best fit for you and your lifestyle.

Know your financial options.

Here’s something to keep in mind: there is no upper age limit for federal aid. You may also qualify for grants, scholarships or employer tuition assistance. Visit our financial aid page to learn more about your options.

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Seek help.

When working with CCE, you have a built-in support system. Our advisors, program coordinators and faculty are your partners in guiding you on a path to success.

Start small.

Don’t feel pressured to take a full load of classes. Our degree completion programs allow you to be in charge of how many classes you take per semester.

Stay positive.

Don’t get discouraged. Take things one step and a time and know that you are conquering something new. Whether it’s one subject or short course a year, remember: you are moving forward and investing in yourself.

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Thanks to CCE’s flexibility, affordability and personalized advising, going back to school is easier than ever. Online and hybrid classes make it easy to fit school into your schedule. Personal advising will also help you make the right decisions on the classes you’re taking to ensure you are on the fastest track to graduation.

Start exploring your options by checking out our degree completion page, where you can check out the programs we offer and get connected with a personal advisor.