To save money, many students are opting to attend community college for two years then transferring to a four year university. Or maybe you think you may transfer from one four year university to another. Or maybe you are thinking about taking summer classes at another college. Whatever your transfer plans, here are somethings to keep in mind.

  • Make sure all the credits transfer. Not all college classes are created equal. Class name and class content can vary from college to college. The transferring college may not accept all or any of your credits. Be sure find a transfer credit chart on the transfer school’s website. That chart will tell you what classes will transfer from any school.
  • Make sure you’re taking the right classes. To maximize your time and money at the first college, look at the academic program at the second college. You don’t want to take classes you don’t need or extend your graduation date by not as many classes as you possible can.
  • Look for scholarships for transfer students. Transferring colleges have become more and more common. To adapt to this, some colleges are offering transfer students more scholarships. Be sure to look at the college’s scholarship page months before transferring.
  • Know how transfer credits affect your GPA. Transfer credits may not be like normal credits. Whether you get an A, B, or C in a class, may not matter. The transfer school may accept the credit, but the grade may not help or hurt your GPA.

These are all things you need to keep in mind when considering transferring schools. All these factors can easily be figured out with a visit to the transfer school website or by setting up a meeting with an advisor at the transfer school.