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How many hours a week should you work if you take 12 credits per semester?

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I know universities typically say no more than 10-15 hours if you're taking 15 credits per semester because it's important to keep a good GPA. If you take 12 credits a semester, how long does it normally take to graduate?

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asked Jul 31, 2017 in Education and Reference by juliet

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To graduate in 4 years, you need to take an ordinary course load of 15-16 credits per semester. 12 credits barely qualifies as a full-time course load. And 12 credits per semester will take you 10 semesters or so instead of 8 = 5 years instead of 4.

Plenty of people carry a full-time course load along with a full-time job. It's difficult, but doable. You have to be totally committed, determined, and manage your time very effectively.

Also consider how much you need to work to cover school (& living) costs. Necessity is what drives people to work full-time while going to school full-time. Consider that if you only worked a full 8-hour day on Saturday & Sunday, you'd be working 16 hours per week. Wherever you heard that "10-15 hours of work" stuff is from a wimpy source.
answered Jul 31, 2017 by ibu guru
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Just adding onto Dewcoons:
The amount of work you will be able to handle depends on how much you need the money. If you need the money (or experience) to support yourself/others, then you will likely be more motivated to balance work and school and be successful. If you do not truly need the work, then you will likely not be able to work many hours simply because you will not need to prioritize it.
answered Jul 31, 2017 by Grace
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Only you know what your learning style and energy level are like. Some people can work a 40 hour job and still take 10-12 credits at a time, Others can barely work 5 hours and still get through their classwork. It varies by individual.

But as you are just taking 2-3 hours less of school, you might be able to add about that same amount to your work schedule. Maybe 15-20 hours a week of work.

Normally there is a set number of credit hours you need to complete your degree. Take that number and divide it by 12. That is how many semester it will take you to complete the schooling. As you did not tell us if this is a two year college, a four college, a trade school, classes for an Associates degree, classes for a Bachelors degree, some kind of a technical certificate or what, we have no idea how many credits you will need.
answered Jul 31, 2017 by dewcoons

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