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How to Encourage Others to Earn a Degree

Learn about the various actions you can take to encourage the ones you care about most to earn their college degree.

Earning a degree is a big decision, whether at the bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral level. It’s a commitment of time, energy, and money, all of which are invaluable resources to working professionals. Understandably, some people may be apprehensive about pursuing higher education. However, those who have gone through the process of earning their degree know what a positive and rewarding experience it can be—with benefits that can last a lifetime.

If you have a heart for helping others, encouraging their education can be a great way to help improve their life. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can help persuade your friends and family members to earn their undergraduate or graduate degree.


  1. Highlight the advantages of holding a college degree.
    The benefits of earning a college degree cannot be overstated. Having this credential can increase access to job opportunities and potentially higher salaries. In fact, in 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that workers who obtained a bachelor’s earned on average about $500 more per week than those with a high school diploma. BLS data also showed that the higher the degree earned, the more money a person made.1 Getting a college degree also prepares individuals for specialized careers. All industries and job roles require workers to possesses certain skills. University degree programs are designed to prepare students with the knowledge and experience they need to pursue specific career paths upon graduation.
  2. Encourage them to explore funding opportunities.
    Walden University is approved by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in a variety of grant and loan programs. And new students referred by Walden alumni are just one of the many groups that may qualify for tuition savings.2 A Walden financial aid advisor can offer guidance on identifying available funding options.
  3. Share your personal experience.
    One of the best ways to inspire others to earn their college degree is to share your story. Your educational experience serves as a personal testament to the power of lifelong learning. Provide insights on what can be expected, the academic support you received along the way, and the benefits you experienced as a result of earning your degree. At Walden, many students were encouraged and referred by members of the Walden alumni network. For instance, Dr. Fredrick Murphy—a career service member and Walden Doctor of Business Administration graduate—referred eight of his colleagues. Of these referrals, two went on to pursue their college degree at Walden.

If you want to refer a friend, family member, or co-worker to Walden, simply visit and complete the referral form.

Inspire Others to Become Lifelong Learners at Walden University

At Walden, you can earn your degree online while you continue to work full time. That means you can better maintain a work-life balance while you expand your credentials and further your skills. With online learning, there’s no need to rearrange your schedule or commute to campus—you can take classes at whatever time of day works best for you as you pursue your degree and advance your career.

Walden University is an accredited institution offering high-quality online degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, as well as online certificate programs. Expand your career options and earn your degree using a convenient, flexible learning platform that fits your busy life.

2All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission,