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Finish on Time

Associate degrees at the College of Southern Idaho require 60 or more credit hours to complete. The experience of many students across the country consistently shows that if you complete 30 credit hours per year, you are more likely to graduate on time with a good GPA.

Graduating on time can be a major advantage to you, both in terms of saved money, and the opportunity to enter your chosen field to begin earning higher wages sooner. At CSI, we want to help you to begin now to “Think 30”!

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Save Money

CSI’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships can show you how to make the best financial choices when paying for college.

Students who “Think 30” pay less in tuition and living expenses, have less loan debt, are more likely to graduate, and get into the workforce sooner.

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Reduce Debt

Students who take 15-credit course loads each semester pay less in tuition and living expenses, are more likely to graduate, and gain additional years of earnings.
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Graduate and Get a Job Earlier

Here is where the math really adds up! Completing 30 credits per year allows you to finish on time and start your career sooner, meaning you begin earning faster!

Credit Timelines

It can be helpful to visualize the various ways you can earn 30 credits in an academic year, so the following table illustrates multiple options available to you. No matter how you add it up, whether 15 + 15 or 12 + 12 + 6, 30 credits per academic year will equal big savings for you!

   Fall semester  Spring Semester Summer Semester Annual Total
Full-Time  15  15   30 Credits
Full-Time With Summer  12  12 6 30 Credits
Full and Part-Time Mixed 15 9 6 30 Credits


How do I “Think 30” at CSI?

1. Review the CSI Catalog and find your degree plan.

A course catalog is an important tool for CSI students, which you can access online from the main CSI web page by clicking Current Students, and then Catalog. You can also purchase a printed copy at the CSI Bookstore. Within the CSI Catalog, you will find information about your degree program and a semester plan to complete it.

2. Meet with your advisor regularly.

One of your best resources to help you graduate on time is your advisor. While you may initially meet with an enrollment specialist in Eagle Central in the Taylor Building, you will likely transition to a major faculty advisor in your area of study after your first semester. Make a regular habit of meeting with your advisor prior to each new semester to double-check your progress, review your upcoming schedule, and ensure you are on track for graduation.

If you don’t know who your advisor is, contact Enrollment Services

Eagle Central, Taylor Building, Main Campus


3. Know what resources are available to help you earn your degree in two years.

As a CSI student, you have access to many people and tools to help you succeed, including:

Stay on Track for Graduation

Degree Audit

Check on your progress towards graduation with a degree progress audit! You have an important tool available to you in MyCSI known as your degree audit, and you should pay regular attention to it. Here’s how to find it:

  1. Login to MyCSI
  2. Click on "MyCSI Self Service" 
  3. Look in the "Academics" section for "Degree Audit"