Lesson 8: Transfer Planning
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e have talked to many students who have taken classes that do not transfer to four-year college. They spent money and semesters taking these classes, but they count for nothing. You don’t want to be in that boat.
Transfer Planning Research
Remember…. on your diploma, it only shows where you finish, not where you start.
With all of that being said, if your goal in the long run is not the Associate’s, let’s take a look at how you might save your cash by starting at a community college:
Follow the steps in your workbook on page 45 and fill out the blanks in the tables to calculate the potential savings from transferring.
What are some benefits from getting an A.A. or an A.S. then finishing at a four-year university?
– Community College offers your basics at reduced prices, and it can be a great place to get your feet wet in college. It does not offer a four-year degree program, so if you start off at Community College, you need to do it in a smart way.
First, you have to make sure your credits will transfer
– Strategic Academic Advising =
Always check with the advisor in your field of study at your intended four-year university before making semester plans. The goal is to save money, not retake classes!!
Go to this website to check course equivalencies: www.tccns.org
– There’s just no way around it: it’s far cheaper to get started at a Community College than it is to plunge right into a 4-year school, and not just because the tuition is lower.
1st—Statistics show that almost [show-hide] half [/show-hide] of students change their majors. If you are like many other beginning college kids, then you may fall into that boat, and that very normal change of heart may cost you [show-hide] time and money. [/show-hide]
2nd—Many community colleges actually have [show-hide] smaller [/show-hide]classes than large colleges do.
Texas Common Course Numbering System
– This means you can guarantee that the course you are taking at a community college will transfer to a four-year university.
– Before you register ANY classes, you need to go to www.tccns.org and make certain that your courses will transfer.
If they don’t transfer, that would be [show-hide] costly [/show-hide] and [show-hide] money [/show-hide] down the drain!
So… before you do anything, check with the [show-hide] registrar [/show-hide] at the community college and with the [show-hide] admissions [/show-hide] office at the university you hope to attend.
Just because they’re not on the list doesn’t mean the courses won’t transfer!!! It just means you have to be more [show-hide] careful [/show-hide] and make smart moves!
– Some postsecondary schools, such as [show-hide] competitive medical schools [/show-hide] or [show-hide] competitive dental schools [/show-hide] won’t accept your required courses if they are taken at a community college. Therefore, if you want to eventually be a doctor, dentist, pharmacist, etc., or if you want to pursue a Master’s or Ph.D. in Science, you may want to take your basic sciences once you transfer.
Basic sciences include: [show-hide] chemistry, biology, physics, etc. [/show-hide]