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Should I Get a College Degree Now?

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Three Reasons to Invest in Education During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges for hardworking students like you. Job insecurity, health challenges and changing course formats might lead you to consider delaying your education. As a School of Opportunity, EKU is here to help you tackle those challenges head-on with new opportunities and valuable resources. Here are three great reasons not to put off getting your degree.

1. It’s Now Even More Affordable.

As a School of Opportunity, EKU has long been committed to remaining affordable for students like you. Now, a degree from EKU is even more affordable. Our new merit scholarships are automatically applied for incoming freshmen with high school GPAs of 3.0 or higher. We’re also offering scholarships to Madison County residents, Pell-eligible students, diverse students, and Kentucky students with demonstrated financial need. Did we mention there’s no application fee? Just one less thing to stand in your way. 

2. There Are More Options Than Ever.

At EKU, we’re proud of our on-campus experience, and we’re doing everything we can to keep the Campus Beautiful safe for you. But for some students, on-campus learning just isn’t an option. That’s why we offer more than 40 fully online undergraduate, graduate, certificate and non-degree programs in a variety of fields. Get personalized support, free tutoring and career assistance, and flexible scheduling options with eight-week courses and multiple start dates per year. Want to live in Richmond but learn safely in your dorm or apartment? No problem! EKU is currently offering more online courses than ever to make sure our students have access to the course format they are most comfortable with.

3. It Pays in the Long Run.

Despite its challenges, getting a degree now makes financial sense long-term. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers with a bachelor’s degree earned more than $400 more per week than those with a high school diploma and had lower than average unemployment (2017). An extra $400 per week adds up quickly to more than $20,800 per year! Even during the pandemic, workers 25 years old and up who have earned bachelor’s degrees make up just 5.3% of the unemployed population

Getting a college degree leads to endless opportunity for your future, and EKU is here to help you get there. Learn more about the incentives and opportunities available to new Colonels at

Published on November 23, 2020

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