It’s not at all unusual for college students to change majors, take some time off school for work or family obligations, or do any number of other things that can ultimately make it take longer to finish a degree. But before you do anything that interrupts the flow of your education, be aware of this: nothing will add more cost to your college degree than taking additional time to finish it. Costs you can incur include:
Having to switch from a flat tuition fee many schools offer to a per-credit payment, which can literally make your costs unlimited if you keep on taking more and different classes.
A bigger loan to pay back at the end of your education.
A major that you will still have to test in the job market.
On the other hand – doing too many courses at once can cause problems too. Here’s a look at how to strike the right balance that will help you save by finishing college on time.