FAFSA – why are there two types of Associate’s Degrees? Differences?

It says Associate’s Degree (occupational or technical program)

or Associate’s Degree (general education/transfer program)

If I’m going to be majoring in General Business, which one do i select?

5 Answers

  • Wiley Temptress
    1 month ago

    if you are going to continue studying for a bachelor’s degree after you get an associate’s, then you have a general education/transfer degree. That’s an AA. An Associates degree for an occupational or technical program usually means you are finished studying and intend to get a job with that degree.

    In your case, if you are going to continue studying business for a bachelors, you have a gen ed/transfer Associates.

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    6 days ago

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    FAFSA – why are there two types of Associate's Degrees? Differences?

    It says Associate's Degree (occupational or technical program)

    or Associate's Degree (general education/transfer program)

    If I'm going to be majoring in General Business, which one do i select?

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Are you going to a technical school like Ivy Tech? If yes, it’s an occupational/technical program.


    Are you going to a community college, college, or university? Then it’s a general education/transfer program.

  • Anonymous
    5 days ago

    Wow! what a bunch of not-exactly-correct (but close) answers here. 1) There is no such thing as a 2-year or 4-year degree. It doesn’t exist, never has. Nobody has a diploma that says “4-year degree” on it. 2) Degrees have specific requirements. Typically an associates degree requires 60 semester hours of courses (20 average courses) and a bachelor’s degree requires 120 semester hours of courses (40 average courses). Some take more, very few will take less. 3) There is a difference between a BA (Bachelor of Arts), BSc (Bachelor of Science), BAS (Bachelor of Applied Science), and B[subject] (Bachelor of [insert subject]) that is so finely detailed that most people don’t understand it – most people working in colleges don’t understand it. Further, taking the exact same courses at two different schools could provide you with a BA at one and a BS at the other. Neither is “better” than the other any more than shoes are better than boots. They are different and have different uses. 4) How long it takes to get a degree (AA, AS, AAS, BA, BS, BBA, etc…) depends entirely on how many classes you take per semester. Most people take between 12-15 hours/credit (which is where we get the ideas of x-year degree) but you can take as few as 1 hour per semester and as many as 23 hours (with special permissions and a wish to have no life at all). Taking 15 hours per semester over two semesters per year means an associates will take about 2 years and a bachelor’s will take about 4. BUT some degrees require more hours than typical. Architects typically do 5 years for a bachelor’s. 5) Is a bachelor’s better than an associates? Let’s say you want to be an RN (Registered Nurse). An Associate of Science in Nursing will get you that job. A Bachelor of Science in Biology will not. In this case, the bachelor’s isn’t better. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing though will get you a better RN job so it may well be “better”. Everything depends on what you want to do with the degree as to which is “better”. If you want to be a magazine editor then that AS in Nursing won’t help much at all, a bachelor’s (BA or BS) will be essential. 6) Is a BA or BSc “better” – I have a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts. Liberal Arts (all of them) was the major. Is that degree “better” than a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts? Nah! They’re about the same – the school that I got mine from happens to put degrees in education fields as a BS. That’s all. You can get a BA in Biology and you can get a BS in Music. It’s not about the subject studied at all – it’s about the specific core education distribution requirements (see, more detail than most people care to learn about) Now, one might ask if a Bachelor of Science in Accounting is better than a Bachelor of Arts in History. Well, that’s comparing apples and oranges – most accountants don’t want to be historians and most historians don’t want to be accountants. 7) Which is better for getting a job? It depends entirely (not slightly or occasionally but entirely) on what job you want to get. If you want to be an accountant then you need a degree in accounting and it needs to include about 150 semester hours (5-years) of study. It can be a BA, BS, BBA, BAcct., etc… what matters is if you took the right courses to be allowed to sit for the CPA exam. If you want to be an RN then you need an AS Nursing or a BS Nursing (either can sit the NCLEX-RN) but an AA in Gen Studies or BA in Chemistry won’t cut it. If you want to be a music teacher then you need a license to teach music from your state. You can get that with a BA, BS, BM, BEd, BME, or BFA. The degree doesn’t matter as long as you meet the license requirements – no license, no job. 8) People have probably shared with you a half-truth. That is “get a degree and you’ll make more money”. The truth is that degrees don’t earn money, occupations determine your pay. Some occupations require an AA or AS, some require a BA or BS, some require a PhD, and some require no degree at all. You have to get the education that is required for the job you are wanting to get. It’s really that simple. The degree that is “better” is the one that is required for what you want to accomplish.

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    5 days ago


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