Finishing Your Degree

We Know Finishing Your Degree is Challenging.
We’re Here to Assist You.

According to the Census Bureau, over an adult's working life, high school graduates earn an average of $1.2 million; associate degree holders earn about $1.6 million, $400,000 more than someone with a high school diploma – a return on investment of over 4000 percent!

Are you juggling home, family and work? Are finances, your job, or life in general keeping you from finishing your degree? Contact Guided Pathways Advising at 860-512-3320 or in SSC L-120 during office hours, and we can help you tackle the barriers to your finishing your coursework.

Fill out the form below or read further to find out more about the programs and services MCC offers that can help you meet your educational goals. 

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    Did you know that individuals who attain an associate degree earn more over their lifetimes and experience lower unemployment rates than those who have a high school diploma? In turn, those who go on to get a bachelor’s degree achieve more, and are more likely to be employed, than individuals with an associate degree.

    Plus, studies show that students who complete an associate degree before transferring to a 4-year institution (public or private college or university) are more successful academically than those students who transfer before completing an associate degree.

    You’ve begun your degree; now is the time to complete it. At Manchester Community College, we want to help you finish what you started.

    Here are some things that might help.

    You Need Help Paying for College

    MCC offers financial aid, scholarships, the Damato grant program, and payment options in order to make completing your degree more affordable. Even if you don’t think you will qualify, be sure to fill out a federal financial aid application at If you owe the college money, contact the Bursar’s office to make arrangements for payment.

    You Have Pressures at Work

    MCC has full-semester and accelerated (6-, 8- and 12-week) classes, both online and on campus; some courses even combine both. Classes are offered days, evenings and occasionally weekends, so they can fit your home and work schedule. If finishing your degree is not possible at this time, we may be able to help you choose a short-term or non-credit certificate that will give you the credentials you need.

    You Want to Transfer

    Students who earn an associate degree before transferring are more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree, and often perform better academically than those students who attend all four years at a university. That’s why we want you to stick around. MCC has transfer agreements with many of the local colleges and universities, and the CSCU Transfer Tickets are Connecticut’s most affordable bachelor’s degree.

    You Are Struggling With Your Classes

    Has Student Retention Services contacted you? They are ready to help you go over your transcript and past classroom performance, and to work with you on an educational plan that will help you achieve your goals. They can set you up with an Academic Coach, connect you with a Counselor, and work with your program advisor to get you on track. Once you are back at MCC, there are mentoring programs, tutoring, the Academic Support Center and other services that will help keep you there.

    Your Life is Just Getting in the Way

    Maybe its childcare issues, uncertainty about your housing, an unreliable car. Sometimes when life hands you lemons, you just want to throw them back. MCC’s Holistic Student Services can lend a hand with whatever life throws your way. Starting in fall, all credit students will be eligible for free, in-state bus and rail transport. MCC has an accredited childcare center and plans for expanded services. We can provide you with a list of properties that welcome MCC students, and our Cougar Pantry and Career Clothing Closet can assist you when times are tough.

    We want you to finish your degree. Manchester Community College provides a welcoming and supportive learning environment. Take just one class a semester or as many as four or five – you decide. We can work with your schedule, the demands on your time and your dreams to craft a college experience that will help you successfully reach your educational, personal and professional goals. You just have to ask.

    Contact Guided Pathways Advising at 860-512-3320 for more information or visit SSC L-120 during open hours.

    We’re here to help.