Transferring to a four year college or university is a multi-step process. It is never too early to start thinking about transfer. We offer a number of workshops, events and resources to help you with the planning process. We’ve broken the process up into four main parts: Prepare, Explore, Apply, and Decide.
Quote from Gates: Transfer students who have completed an Associate’s degree are 30% more likely to successfully complete their Bachelor’s degree than students who transfer prior to completing.
There are hundreds of colleges just waiting for a student like you to apply. Unsure where to begin? Attend one of our transfer workshops and visit a site like MassTransfer
or Big Future or Peterson's.
Your goal is to have choices, to have more than one college accept you. This means you should apply to multiple colleges. Be aware of costs, but do not limit your choices at this point based on cost. Visit the transfer admissions website for each college or call the admissions department at those colleges for application instructions, required documents, and application deadlines.
When you are accepted, colleges will send you directions on how to enroll and how to sign up for classes and how to pay tuition and fees, including any financial aid you receive. The college you choose will require an enrollment deposit
Ask questions. A college that has accepted you really wants you to attend. The admissions office expects questions. If you haven’t visited already, schedule an appointment/tour at the college to help you decide.
Review your Financial Aid Package. Cost is an important concern and each college will offer you something different. Ask to meet with the Financial Aid Office at each school to ensure that you understand what each college will really cost for you to attend. How much is a grant that you do not have to pay back? How much is a loan that you will have to pay back? Is your award for one year? Or for the whole time you are at the college? Ask questions.
If the package is preventing you from attending, ask if they can offer you more aid.
Click here and review the “Pay for College” information on the College Board Big Future web site. What will be your actual total cost per semester? What will your financial aid pay? What must how pay? How will you pay your share? You can also compare your aid awards on the College Board site.
Read everything the college sends. If you don’t understand, ask questions. We suggest meeting with the college, you can do this by phone or email if you cannot do it in person. Enrollment requires a lot of paperwork. This includes information on transferring your credits, health forms, information on college housing options. Submit everything on time.
Choose the college you will attend and notify them of your decision by the deadline listed in your acceptance package.
Attend Orientation and Registration Programs. Attend the earliest session offered to you.
Send Final Official BHCC transcripts after final grades are posted or after your degree or certificate has been awarded.