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Thinking about transferring to a different college? It’s not as difficult as you might think. Follow these simple steps to help make your college transfer a little easier.

What to consider before you transfer

Will your credits transfer?

When thinking about transferring to another college, it’s essential to find out if your credits will transfer first. After all, you’ve worked really hard and spent a lot of money on the classes you’ve already taken.

The best way to find out if your credits will transfer is to contact the financial aid office of the school you want to attend. They’ll be able to review your transcripts to determine whether or not you’ll lose any of your credits.

What’s the cost?

Financial aid is a critical factor to consider when determining where to transfer. While filing FAFSA® is necessary to receive financial aid, it’s also good to note that some schools offer special scholarships for transfer students.

Cost will always matter, so knowing what your tuition is going to look like both before and after financial aid is helpful. 

Is the school a good fit?

You’re deciding to leave your current school for a reason, so make sure your new school is a good fit. To start, research schools in your desired area that offer programs for your major. It’s also a good idea to learn about campus culture and what the student experience is like.

You want to make sure you are getting the most out of your education. Doing your research can help you make the best decision for your future. 

How to transfer

Now that you have chosen where you want to attend, the next step in the process is applying to and transferring to your new school.

Keep track of deadlines

Make sure you familiarize yourself with the transfer application deadline at your school. Missing the deadline could mean you can’t transfer until the following semester. 

Write your application essay

When writing your essay, make sure that it’s personalized to the school itself. If you can replace school names, and it still makes sense, it’s not personalized enough. 

Talk specifically about the program you’re interested in or maybe mention something unique to the campus. As a transfer student, administrators want to know why you’re interested in their school and program. 

After your essay is finished, ask a parent or friend to proofread it for you to ensure you’re turning in your very best work.

What happens next?

Now that you’ve written your essay and (hopefully) turned it in before the deadline, you wait for your acceptance letter.

If you kept up your grades and wrote a persuasive essay, you have a good chance of making it into the new college of your choice. This means getting ready for the move is all you have left on your agenda!

We are not affiliated with the U.S. Department of Education. Federal Student Aid (FSA), an office of the U.S. Department of Education, makes the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form and assistance available to the public for free at fafsa.gov.