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A Successful Transferring Process

A Successful Transferring Process

I am finished with my AA this summer and I was wondering what steps so I take to transfer and how do I apply for loans or grants?!

Dear Alicia,

Good job! You are almost there! The fi22rst thing I would do is double check with your academic advisor to make sure you have all the graduation requirements completed to graduate. Also, equally as important is to make sure you have the prerequisite courses for your major that are prescribed by the university you wish to transfer to. Each university is different. Unless you are transferring to a public Florida university, where the transfer agreements are pretty similar, nevertheless, always double-check. Talk with your transfer coordinator from your next institution of higher education and discuss the process of your credits’ evaluation. Some credits may or may not transfer and it is your responsibility to stay on top of this process so that you can receive credit for all your hard work. If a class does not transfer it is usually because they need more info. This is why it is so important to keep the syllabi from college classes and keep electronic or hard copy examples of your academic work in the class. The best way to transfer is to have all your SPC requirements to graduate with your AA and all your major’s prerequisites so that once you start school again you will go right in the program and not have any prerequisites still left. So why am I making such a big deal of this? Well first, it could affect your financial aid. If you graduate from SPC but still need to take pre-reqs and would like to remain at SPC, then you would have to take classes as a non-degree seeking student which of course does not agree with the federal student aid requirements to receive financial aid. An academic advisor at any of the academic advising centers can help you ensure that you have all you need or not and are ready to graduate.

Regarding loans and grants, grants are more preferable because most grants you do not have to pay back. Preferably, look at the university and what they have to offer. When I was still applying to universities, I became the best friend of the financial aid offices. I asked about scholarships, grants, and loans. Most universities have both transfer grants and scholarships. Make sure you ask about these in particular. Usually they have a deadlines that you must be aware of. My advice is to stay on-track with this. It is a hard task but at the end it is worth it. Each case is different and every student is eligible for different things so becoming familiar with the scholarship/ grants applications is key. As a transfer student, you are still on time. Most applications for scholarships are not due until mid-Spring and early summer but use your time wisely.  Become the Financial Aid’s Office best friend. Let them know you are interested in any aid they can offer and I promise you they will make you aware of scholarships/ grants that were not mentioned on their website. With a little organization and a planner to remind you of dates and uncompleted items, you can have a pretty successful transfer process.

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