Accredited colleges must meet certain minimum standards that are established by the U.S. Department of Education to ensure that the education provided by the institution meets acceptable level of quality. Four-year colleges and universities accept transfer credit only from schools formally recognized by a regional, national, or professional educational agency.
There are scholarships available for transfer students, and the Office of Admissions at any institution will be able to tell you what their school has to offer. Look into the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (offering $30,000 to 60 students who will be transferring from a community college to a four-year university), the Tau Sigma National Honor Society, and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (offering more than $37 million to members who are finishing an associate degree and plan to enroll in a baccalaureate program) as well.
Financial aid can't be transferred from one college to another. However, if you received federal financial aid to attend one institution, then you should be eligible for it at another. You must request that the information from your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be sent to the school you are interested in attending. Also, be sure to consult with the Financial Aid Office of your prospective school to find out their institutional offerings in the form of grants, scholarships and work-study.
No, you can transfer to another institution without your associate degree as long as you meet the transfer requirements. However, we recommend that you complete your associate degree so that you receive the compact benefits.
If a student chooses to transfer prior to completing a degree and then transfer classes from the 4-year institution back to SVCC where we will apply them to remaining degree requirements. In this way, students may complete their Associate’s Degree while attending the 4-year institution – this is called a Reverse Transfer.
Your GPA does not transfer to most institutions. However, some institutions may use a student's GPA for admissions decisions. A student’s GPA from certain classes may also be used for placement or prerequisite verification for certain programs and degrees. Students should contact their 4-year institution to determine admissions requirements.
Each college has its own application deadlines. It is a good rule of thumb to apply a year ahead of the date you wish to enroll. If you would like to attend in the fall of 2017, begin the application process in the fall of 2016. Most colleges set their deadlines at approximately six months prior to enrollment.
Many colleges have a maximum limit on the number of credits accepted in transfer. Graduation requirements for the baccalaureate degree include a minimum number of credits at the upper division level (courses with 300 and 400 level numbers) and a minimum number of credits completed at the senior institution. This information is available in a school's transfer guide or catalog.
You are encouraged to plan a visit to all colleges you are considering. Through researching the transfer school’s website, you may find specific open house dates designed for transfer students. This is your opportunity to meet with Admissions staff and tour the campus.
Typically, an AAS degree is not meant to be a transfer degree. However, courses completed that count toward the lower-division general education requirements of a four-year transfer school may be eligible for transfer. Students will need to take additional courses (not included in their AAS program) to complete their general education requirements.
Most public and private colleges and universities charge transfer students an application fee—usually under $50. Some institutions will waive the application fee specific reasons (e.g., if students schedule a campus visit, attend the institution’s transfer fair, or prove financial hardship).
All colleges and universities require prospective transfer students to submit official transcripts from each two- and four-year institution students have attended. An official transcript is one that is authorized by a college or university admissions and records office.
Students should request their transcript be sent to the four-year institution at the time they complete their transfer application. The transfer institution will make an admission decision based on the coursework already completed (often pending successful completion of current coursework). Students should then submit a final transcript once the semester coursework is completed.