Your Code is in the Mail

Are you one of the 6,000 Arkansans that have completed at least 75% of the courses required to earn an Associate’s Degree? If you are, you will receive a letter with a unique code just for you. Use your code to update your contact information and give consent for Arkansas public colleges and universities to review your transcripts.


The deadline to participate in
Degree Matters is February 20th! 

Did you know?

By 2020, jobs requiring an Associate Degree will grow by 35%, compared to an overall job growth rate of only 14%.

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What is an Associate's Degree?

And how would one benefit me?

This two-year degree is most commonly an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.). Some students who earn this degree transfer to a four-year program to complete a Bachelor’s Degree. Others complete Associate’s Degrees to prepare to go straight to work. In Arkansas, all community colleges and most four-year universities offer these degrees.

There are many benefits to having an Associate’s Degree including increased salary and career opportunities. Arkansans with Associate’s Degrees earn on average $27,600 annually, compared to $12,500 for those with a high school diploma or less. That adds up to more than $400,000 additional dollars over a lifetime. Also, Associate of Arts and Associate of Science completers are not required to take additional freshmen or sophomore level general education courses after transferring to a four-year university. This means you can complete your Bachelor’s Degree in less time.

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Learn more about DegreeMatters

Degree Matters is an initiative to increase the number of Arkansans with Associate’s Degrees. There are approximately 6,000 Arkansans that have completed at least 75% of the courses required to earn an Associate’s Degree. Candidates for whom we have contact information will be notified via mail and/or email. You also have the option to search for your name on the Degree Matters website and, if a matching name is found, submit an inquiry for further instructions.

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Average Starting Salaries of Popular Associate & Bachelor Degrees

  • Aircraft Powerplant Tech $46K
  • Registered Nurse $43K
  • Respiratory Care Therapy $40K
  • Emergency Medical Tech $38K
  • HVAC Maintenance Tech $28K
  • Licensed Practical Nurse $29K