Troubles with Transferring?

BY: DON’A SMITH

Staff Writer

Transferring to a four-year university can be stressful. Many questions arise and when unanswered become overwhelming. There are several different ways to approach the opportunity to transfer to a new school where students should just find the one that best fits them. One way to start the process of transferring to a new school is to do research on different schools that the student is interested in. Applying to a school without knowledge of what that school offers and how it suits the student could be a potential waste of an application fee, which usually starts at $65.00. This can happen when a student realizes this may not be their school of choice. The student should make sure that they have the requirements that the school is asking for such as the required GPA. Once a school has been chosen, the application can be found on the school’s website. To keep organized, students should make a checklist of all the school’s requirements. Universities require official transcripts of all high schools and colleges attended to be sent to the admissions office of that given school. Mailing these things before the deadlines are important to one’s acceptance. Some schools require an online application or a hard copy of the application mailed to the university. It is the student’s responsibility to read all requirements for that given school to ensure their chances of acceptance. Every university requires an application fee when applying to their school. Applying to multiple schools can become a heavy burden for a college student’s wallet. Fee waivers can be granted to students eligible for financial assistance. Information on how to waive the application fee can be found at the Financial Aid office at the student’s current college. At Cumberland County College students should visit the Financial Aid Office or speak to Arthur Horn in the EOF office. “To find out if a student is eligible for the fee waiver students must first fill out the FASFA, which then determines whether a student is eligible for the Pell Grant. This determines the student’s eligibility for loans and financial aid,” said Cumberland County Colleges EOF representative, Arthur Horn. The financial aid office has the information for the student’s financial aid. Once eligible for financial aid, the student will provide the financial aid office with the school’s names that they wish the application fees to be waived. The financial aid office representatives will then type up letters for the schools to waive the fee. The process takes about a day for the student to pick up. Students must be graduating that year to be eligible for the waiver. Aside from regular transfer applications, many county colleges have a transfer agreement with local universities’. These transfer agreements allow most of the students credits to transfer to that universities requirements. This is an incentive for students looking to attend a school closer to home. Transfer day is held at participating county colleges where the students create a folder with that colleges requirements and set up an interview with the college they are interested in. In most cases, these colleges will accept or deny the student’s application on the spot. This benefits the student eager to find out if they are accepted or not and gives them more time to prepare for the transfer. Cumberland County College’s Transfer Day will be held on February 27, 2014. For students seeking a four-year degree, but do not wish to move away from home can earn a degree at their local community college. Many colleges have agreements with universities and the given community college. At Cumberland County College, students can receive Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees for select majors from Montclair State University, Farleigh Dickenson University, and Wilmington University at the on-campus Shirlee and Bernard Brown University Center. “Benefits for earning a Bachelors or Masters degree at Cumberland County’s on-campus site through Wilmington University are that it is economically beneficial. Students are granted the same tuition fee as in state Delaware residents and are not charged the out of state fee for New Jersey students attending the Wilmington campus,” said Amanda Mantshongo-Ota, Wilmington University’s on-site representative. Other benefits mentioned were that commuting students would not have to pay tolls driving to Delaware and it saves money by not having to pay room and board for those living on campus. “Every single credit transfers toward a Wilmington degree,” she said, when enrolled in the on-campus Wilmington program. From traditional transfer students, to earning on-campus degrees from universities through a county college, transferring has several qualities to benefit different students needs. The process may seem overwhelming, but with just a little research students will find that there are several different ways to transfer they just have to find the one that is best suitable for their educational goals. Information about these universities and their agreements with Cumberland County College can be found at http://www.cccnj.edu/universityCenter/partnersOnCampus.aspx or in the Information about Cumberland County College’s Transfer Day can be found at http://www.cccnj.edu/pdf/transferDay.pdf

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