Attending community college is a great way to start off your
higher education journey. Earning your associate degree is a significant
accomplishment, but if you plan to take your education even further you’ll need
to transfer to a 4-year institution.
Transferring from community college to a university should
be exciting—not stressful. That’s where we come in. Follow these five steps and
your transition will be easy and painless.
Step 1: Start Early
If you know you want to earn your bachelor’s degree after
your associate degree, don’t wait until your last semester to get started.
By planning your transition to a 4-year school early, you
can select the community college courses that will fulfill your bachelor's degree requirements. That way you make the most of your time and money spent on school.
Step 2: Meet With An Advisor
The first thing you should do when you think you want to pursue
a 4-year degree is to talk to an advisor. Advisors can help you with a number of things from what degree you want to earn, to
which classes you need to take to make it happen. They want to help make the
transfer process as painless as possible, so get in touch.
Step 3: Consider Joint Admission
Joint Admission programs, like 2NAU, are available through
some community college and 4-year school partnerships. You apply and are
admitted to the 4-year university while enrolled in your first or second
community college semester. There are various perks including no application
fee, access to university resources and your own assigned academic advisor.
Step 4: Look Up Which Courses Transfer
Knowing which of your community college courses will
transfer to your bachelor’s degree program and fulfill your specific
requirements is key to a painless transition.
If you’re transferring from an Arizona community college,
you can look up which of your courses will transfer to public Arizona universities
using the Course Equivalency Guide (CEG). The CEG can be accessed at AZTransfer.com.
If you’re further along in your community college career and
have already taken most of your classes, you can request a free transfer credit
Step 5: Find Out How Many Credits You Can Transfer
Most bachelor’s degree programs allow you to transfer up to
64 credits from an accredited institution towards your degree. However, some
universities let you transfer more, which brings your overall education costs
NAU's 90-30 programs allow you to transfer up to 90 community college credits
towards your bachelor’s degree.
Step 6: Update Your FAFSA
Updating your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
with your new 4-year school is vital to making sure you don’t miss out on any
financial aid offers. NAU’s school code is 001082. Check out this blog post for
more information on how to fill out your FAFSA.
Step 7: Stay Dedicated
If a bachelor’s degree is your end plan, then stay focused
on that throughout your time at community college. Setting a goal and thinking
about it often helps you stay on track. Meet with your advisor once a semester
to make sure you’re doing everything you need to be doing to have a painless
transition to your 4-year university.
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