AIE offers new GPA calculator to help you achieve your academic goals

We all know that getting good grades is important. From the time we start kindergarten, we are reminded of this fact by our parents, relatives, teachers, counselors, principals — probably even random people on the street. When the time comes to start thinking about college, the message hits home: your grades influence your chances of being admitted to your chosen school and of getting scholarships, grants, and other forms of financial aid.

Once you get to college, you have to maintain a certain grade point average (GPA) in order to continue receiving financial aid, and, ultimately, in order to graduate. Finally, your post-college prospects can also be influenced by your grades. Most new graduates state their GPAs on resumes, and any graduate school program (such as law school, medical school, business school, or any master's or Ph.D. program) you may be interested in will of course be very interested in your college GPA.

So how can you be sure you're on track to meet those GPA goals?

To help you get an idea of the grades you need to earn in order to reach or maintain a particular GPA, Adventures In Education has created a new GPA Goal Calculator.

Can getting an A in one or two classes help bring up a struggling GPA? Will getting one or two lower grades damage an otherwise respectable academic record? Take a look at the calculator to get a sense of how individual grades — or a whole semester's worth of grades — can potentially impact your overall GPA.