Don’t delay, start planning today! Use this list to guide your exploration and ensure you meet all transfer criteria and deadlines. Visit the SFCC Job and College Transfer Fair, where college representatives are available to answer questions and help you transfer. Your navigator will help guide you through this process.

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  • Explore transfer schools
    • Go online to colleges/universities you are interested in transferring to and review their website for transfer information. Research important criteria, such as: academic major, size of college, public or private, class size, faculty credentials, location, tuition and fees, scholarships, admissions requirements, housing, student leadership opportunities, clubs and organizations, program accreditation, etc.
    • Attend the SFCC College Transfer Fair to gather information and talk to transfer representatives.
  • Talk to a transfer admissions advisor
    Seek information on admissions procedures and deadlines, application fees, required transcripts, campus visits, transfer orientations and scholarship opportunities.
  • Talk to a transfer academic advisor
    Seek in-depth information regarding your academic program, including regional and program accreditation, faculty/student ratio, program pre-requisites/requirements, employment opportunities and trends, and research/leadership options.
  • Explore financial aid at the transfer school
    Review the financial aid website including Federal and State aid, transfer scholarships and campus-based scholarships. Pay attention to application deadlines. Submit your FAFSA to the transfer school for the academic year you plan to begin attending. There are external scholarships that can be utilized at most colleges that will not appear on the campus website.
  • Schedule a campus visit/tour at the transfer school
    Contact the admissions department to arrange a campus tour. Request the tour include a visit to your academic department, including program faculty and students, and academic classrooms. If you are planning to live in campus housing, ask to see Residential Life options. Think of other areas you may like to see such as the library, tutoring centers, and recreation spaces.
  • Create a comparison budget for transfer colleges
    Explore tuition, fees, and related expenses for your desired transfer institutions. 
  • Refine top transfer schools list
    Go online to compare information for the top colleges/universities you are interested in transferring to and review their website. Research criteria that are important to you, such as: academic major, size of college, public or private, class size, faculty credentials, location, tuition and fees, scholarships, admissions requirements, student leadership opportunities, clubs and organizations, program accreditation, etc.
  • Select your transfer school(s) and complete the admission application process
    • Prioritize your needs and select the top transfer school based on your requirements. Submit the admissions application well in advance of the stated deadline. Have your official academic transcripts from all colleges you have attended sent to the transfer school. Check in with the college every 2-3 weeks to ensure they have everything needed for the admissions process.
    • Apply for scholarships and complete FAFSA for transfer school(s), if not completed previously.
  • Investigate housing options at the selected transfer school
    Explore on and off campus options, application processes and deadlines, security deposits, ADA accommodations (if needed), including utilities, wi-fi, furnishings, and amenities. Be sure and add additional non-included expenses into your budget.
  • Refine your budget
    Based on your top transfer schools, refine your budget to include transportation, room and board, food expenses, books, specialized course/program fees, insurance (health, auto, rental, etc.) recreation, etc.
  • Send final official SFCC transcript to transfer school
    Once you have completed your final semester and grades (and certificates or degrees) have been processed, request your official transcript be sent to the transfer school.
  • Schedule advising appointment at transfer school to enroll
    Once you receive your acceptance letter from the transfer school, confirm when enrollment opens. Schedule an appointment with your academic adviser to enroll in classes.
  • Investigate employment opportunities
    Will you need to work full time, part time, or not at all? If you need to work while attending college, research employment options such as work study, campus employment, and employment options in the local vicinity.
  • Attend orientation at transfer school
    Research orientation options and register. If your college has a transfer student orientation, it will be tailored to the needs of transfer students.

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