Transferring to an out-of-state college
When choosing to transfer to another Christian college to further their education, many students select an institution that is located near their present school, or at least within the same state. However, some students may find themselves faced with the prospect of switching to a Christian university that is a considerable distance from their current college. Individuals in this situation may find the following tips useful when planning to transfer:
• Plan ahead: Although this is a common piece of advice for all transfer students, it is especially important for individuals planning to move to another state. There are many logistical considerations that long-distance transfer students should think about, including how they plan to relocate to their new school, the financial impact that doing so will have on their personal situation and how they can balance their studies with organizing a long-distance move.
If transfer students have their sights set on a school that is far away from their present institution, they should begin the planning process early in their sophomore year to avoid headaches down the road.
• Calculate available transfer credits: While this step is also applicable to all transfer students, it is particularly important that individuals considering a long-distance switch understand that certain states’ college transfer requirements will differ from those of their present school or state. This may be especially applicable to students transferring from community colleges to four-year Christian colleges and universities.
Students who are unsure of how their credits will transfer to an out-of-state school can use online services such as U Select to determine exactly how many of their credits can be applied to another degree program at a school in another state.
• Figure out financial aid eligibility: Many Christian colleges and universities offer additional financial aid for transfer students. However, something that individuals moving to a public school out-of-state should bear in mind is that tuition rates may be higher for students who are not residents of the state in which their school is located.
Fortunately, there are a number of coalitions operating across the U.S. to make transferring within a certain region more affordable. These include the Academic Common Market, the New England Regional Student Program, and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Students considering an out-of-state transfer should research these organizations to see if they are eligible for a discount on their tuition fees prior to completing any financial aid paperwork. These organizations offer advice to prospective transfer students on how to apply for discounted tuition when transferring to an out-of-state school within their jurisdictions.