The answer is no, you do not have to graduate in four years. Most schools will give you a list of classes or credits that you need to complete to receive your degree. It is up to you how fast or how slow you’d like to finish these. You do have to consider the cost implications of this. Most schools will offer a block tuition price, which means it’s common for students to take between four to six classes each semester. Now if you exceed the block tuition credits, you may need to pay extra per credit hour. Whereas if you take school on a pace that projects you to graduate in more than four years, your financial aid may change after your fourth year of school. You do need to research both of these options. Some schools though offer an accelerated degree. Grace is a great example. At Grace, you can graduate with a fully accredited bachelor’s degree, even if you bring in no college credit, in three years. We want to offer that track to you to cut down on the price of college, but definitely do your research and see what colleges are offering. I hope this answers the question, "Do I need to graduate in four years?"