How much money could California save by reducing the number of credits students have at graduation? How many more students could be served with that savings?

Associate degree graduates earn a median of 78 credits. Since Associate degrees typically require 60 semester credits, students are taking an excess of 18 credits.

What if we reduced the median number of credits by:

An additional

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can make space for

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students

California State University

Bachelor degree graduates earn a median of 135 credits. Since Bachelor degrees typically require 120 semester credits, students are taking an excess of 15 credits.

What if we reduced the median number of credits by:

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can make space for

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students

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Excess Cost by College

(Dollars in Millions)

NOTE: The additional capacity is not additional full-time students per year. These are the additional spots that would be available as a result of a student graduating earlier. For example, consider a student who graduated in 2011-12 in 4 years instead of 6 years. The cost will be saved for the next two years (2012-13 and 2013-14) thanks to this student graduating earlier, and another student could take this spot that has become available over the next two years. If this student graduated in 4 years instead of 7 years, then the savings impact would be felt over the next three years.