by Doug Peacock – Academic Services Officer II at Wayne State University
Working with transfer students I get a lot of common questions. I enjoy the common questions because it means you are coming to the source over getting advice from another transfer student. Ask lots of questions! In this blog I will address some of the more common questions transfer students have.
I already applied when I was in high school. Do I have to apply again? Yes. Since you did not enroll, a new application is required. If you have been attending another school, you will have to submit your transcripts from that school. You are now considered a transfer student. Admissions and scholarship requirements are going to be different.
When should I apply? Although every school is different, most schools the application will open one year in advance. Go to that schools application website to see if the term you want has an open application. It does not hurt to apply now and send transcripts at a later date. Keep in mind deadlines.
Do I have to send all of my transcripts? Yes!! You will need send official transcripts from any college or university you have attended. Even if you had courses transferred before. You cannot hand deliver transcripts. Most of it can be done online. No one can do it for you.
What if I still do not know what to major in? Depending on how you transferred there may be some wiggle room on taking courses that go into multiple areas. If you major in something then change. Consider moving the courses from your former major into your minor or a major that has some electives.
You will want to get started ASAP. after your first semester or two you might be losing credits if you are just taking courses but not sure what to major in. Go to Info Sessions at a 4-year school while you are at your 2-year school. Usually these are posted on events pages.
Will a C- transfer? No. “C’s” or above. There are a few schools out there that will accept a “D” grade. Usually your two-year advisor will know which schools these are.
How do I move my financial aid to my next school? Change your school of choice on your FAFSA to the school you are going to next. The four-year school will not award any financial aid unless you are admitted to that school. So, start the application process as soon as possible.
Can I get financial aid at two schools at the same time? No. You can only receive financial aid at one school per semester. Wayne State has one program with Macomb Community College that will allow you to split your financial aid. See my blog from May 1 2019. These programs are pretty rare.
How do I register for courses at my next school? Meet with an advisor and Attend Transfer Orientation. The new school will have a new process for meeting with an advisor. Wayne State uses appointment setting software called advisingworks. You have to be admitted to register and usually meet with an advisor. Your new advisor will need to see how your classes transferred in. After you are admitted, you will want to schedule an appointment ASAP and see when you can register for courses.
I still have a couple classes to do. Do not take a semester part time just to finish up at a community college. It may be better to start full time at your four-year school and go back on a guest pass in the summer.
What is an articulation agreement? Articulation agreements are a signed off agreement between a two year school and four year school. This goes beyond just the transfer of courses. The four-year school may be accepting more credits beyond the associates degree. Usually, to do an articulation agreement you have to get an associate’s degree at the two-year school. Articulations are only on specific programs. Most schools have a few of them. Business, Criminal Justice, and Engineering Technology are some more popular ones. See if your school has one. You may be able to take more credits at the community college.
What is residency? Residency is the minimum amount of credits you have to take at your school to get a degree. Most schools it’s 30. Some, it’s 40. Wayne State it is 30. This is definitely a question I ask right away especially if I am transferring from a four-year school. For example, you could transfer in 200 credits from multiple 4-year schools and that finishes all requirements (extremely rare). You will still have to complete 30 credits to get a degree from there.
Final Thoughts. These are some easy transfer questions. They get a lot harder from here. Do not use the term “No one told me.” It is up to you to know the policies of the school you transferring to. Ask someone. But, ask the right person. Do not ask your advisor questions about your financial aid. Get to the source/professional.