Transfer 101 is an essential resource for community college students in Texas! Check out their great articles and tips for students and parents, as well as their student profiles-see how other students like you made the transition from a community college into a university.
NCTC Counselors and Advisors are also available to assist you with transfer information-it's never to early to start planning ahead! Here is a list of things to consider when planning to transfer to another community college or university:
• Find a new college that meets your specific needs. There are many reasons to change schools, and it is important that your new school has what your previous/current school lacks. (e.g. program, major, level of degree, etc.)
• Check the new school's policy on transfer students. This includes the credits needed and the credits that can be transferred. You can do this by calling the school or looking on their website.
Helpful hint: Only the institution you are transferring into can GUARANTEE which credits will transfer and which will not. Advisors at NCTC can assist you in reviewing transfer guides and potential course credit, but the intended transfer school has the final approval.
• Meet with an advisor or school representative. You will get a better understanding of the school and the requirements you must meet.
• Apply to the school. Make sure you meet the deadline. Have all of your official transcripts sent over to the new school. This includes both current/previous college transcripts and your high school transcript.
Helpful Hint: It is a good idea to keep a checklist of things you will be sending out and things you will expect in return (e.g. Financial Aid acceptance letter, General Admissions acceptance letter, etc.)
• Fill out all necessary forms with your current school. You must let them know that you are officially leaving the college.
• Change your FAFSA so that the new school is added. Talk to a financial aid advisor at the institution you wish to transfer to and find out if there are other financial aid opportunities available to you.
Helpful hint: Sometimes there will be scholarships devoted to transfer students.
• Make your future living arrangements. If you have to move, it is important to have everything taken care of by the time you get there. Make sure your current living arrangements are taken care of. Notify your roommates of the changes you are about to make.
• Schedule classes for the next semester!
Helpful hint: Attend a Transfer Student Orientation, if available. This will help you become more familiar with the campus, the student resources, and the college community.