TRIO Transfer

Campus Visits

All visits will depart from SVCC promptly at the time listed below. Lunch will be provided.

Northern Illinois UniversityFriday, March 3rd7:00am - 2:30pm
Illinois State UniversityFriday, March 10th7:00am - 3:00pm
University of Illinois ChicagoFriday, March 31st7:15am - 3:30pm
University of Illinois U-CFriday, April 14th8:00am - 4:30pm
University of Northern IowaFriday, April 21st7:30am - 5:00pm

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  • Not passing, withdrawing, or being withdrawn from courses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)