TRIO Transfer

Campus Visits

All visits will depart from SVCC promptly at the time listed below. Lunch will be provided. Sign up on the TRIO canvas page.

Western Illinois QCFriday, Sept. 1st8:30 am - 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin MadisonFriday, Sept. 22nd8:00 am - 3:00 pm
University of Illinois ChicagoFriday, Sept. 29th8:30 am - 3:30 pm
University of IowaFriday, Oct. 6th6:30 am - 5:30 pm
Northern Illinois UniversityFriday, Oct. 20th8:30 am - 3:00 pm
University of Illinois SpringfieldFriday, Oct. 27thTBD

Timeline for Transfer

First Year

Use the 1st Year Exploration Transfer Checklist (.pdf) to keep on track!


  • Apply for FAFSA (Oct. 1)
  • Meet with Advisor to map out AA, AS, AES, or AFA course plan
  • Research application requirements of prospective transfer schools
  • Set a graduation date goal
  • Explore Majors
  • Get involved on campus


  • Apply for at least two scholarships
  • Meet with your Advisor to discuss transfer school options
  • Select major
  • Earn community service hours for scholarships
  • Mark transfer application deadlines on your calendar
  • Visit college campuses

Second Year

Use the 2nd Year Commitment Checklist (.pdf) to keep on track!


  • Apply for more scholarships
  • Choose at least three transfer schools to apply to for transfer
  • Start working on your resume
  • Continue updating your academic plan
  • Check progress towards graduation goal
  • Attend college open houses
  • Secure housing at transfer school


  • Submit intent to graduate
  • Register for orientation if required
  • Submit official transcripts
  • Meet with financial aid to discuss financial aid award letters
  • Submit necessary documentation to transfer school
  • Order your cap and gown for commencement
  • Enjoy this new journey and making new friends!

Additional course options

It is okay to extend your transfer timeline - many students complete in 3 years! You may also want to check out the following in the class schedule:

  • 2nd eight week courses
  • Winter interim courses
  • Summer courses

What can impact your transfer timeline?

  • Delaying or changing your major
  • Not passing, withdrawing, or being withdrawn from courses
  • Not having a high enough GPA for your academic transfer program
  • Self-advising

Funding Your Transfer

  • Knowing what your transfer tuition and expenses will be early can help you budget
  • Maintaining a 3.0+ GPA can help with merit-based scholarships
  • Start filing for scholarships early!
  • Remember to file FAFSA as soon as possible every year (October 1st)