What is an Associate Degree?

degrees - assocAn Associate Degree is typically a two-year program offering a degree in Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), or Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.).  There are many specializations within these main associate degrees depending on your enrolled college.

Many students will continue their education at a four-year college or university to earn their Bachelor’s Degree.  Search for colleges.

You do not have to get your bachelor’s degree to still receive a great job for your future and potentially have a better ROI from your education.  Some careers only require an associate degree, talk with your counselor about your future career and education requirements.

What are the benefits of an Associate Degree?

  • Less financial aid required- two years of financial aid vs. four or longer (only 40% of students graduate within 4 years of starting).
  • Classes can be close to home at community college, therefore save money – no rent!
  • Complete your general education requirements, at a lower cost, before you continue to receive your bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university.
  • A high school graduate can expect to earn $1.2 million over his or her lifetime, while a person holding an Associate Degree can expect average lifetime earnings of $1.6 million (US Census).

What types of schools offer an Associate Degree?

  • Community colleges
  • Career colleges
  • Some four-year colleges will offer an associate degree.

Need to find a college?  Use the college search tool to find your future campus that offers your intended major or career.

Read: What are the different types of colleges and universities?

Check out other degree options:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Graduate Degree
  • Professional Degree
  • Joint Degrees
  • Liberal Arts & Career Combination
  • Teacher Certification
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