4 Questions Community College Students Must Ask Themselves Before Transferring

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As a community college student, it’s understandable if your primary focus is to “get out” as fast as possible while doing the bare minimum work required to move on to bigger and better things. However, in the dizzying rush to transfer, we may miss opportunities for success or, conversely, opportunities to avoid failure.

Now is the time to slow down and really look at what you’ve accomplished and where you’re headed. To help you along, here are the four important questions that every community college student needs to answer before transferring.…

“Every Student Is A Lot More Than What The Admissions Office Sees On Paper”

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Lori Connor has worked in admissions and financial aid for 15 years. Today, she helps school implement SALT™ for parent company, American Student Assistance®. Since we’re right in the middle of college application season, Aaron Weber asked her to tell us about admissions, money, and transferring to new schools.…

You Can Learn A Lot At Community College From Your Classmates

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The following might come off as a little ignorant, but I want to be honest.

Like many high schoolers, I was naïve and seemingly always spent my time with people like myself: middle class, similar age, similar beliefs. As a result, I didn’t realize all the different ways you can look at things.

Colleges naturally pull together people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. However, I didn’t realize how true this was for community colleges, where “non-traditional” students are the norm. Interacting with these people—with their different ages, religions, and cultures—has been my most valuable college experience yet.…

4 Ways To Make Friends At Community College

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I heard many times how hard it would be to make friends at community college. Everyone commutes, most people have work, and students’ ages range from 17 to 60—and sometimes even older.

However, when I attended community college, meeting people was easy. Here are four ways I made friends (whom I still have while now at my 4-year school) during my time there that you can easily do too.…

5 Community College Rumors That Just Aren’t True

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One problem I faced during my time in community college was how little outsiders understood about the experience. “It’s easy.” “It’s just a means to an end.” “It’s a waste of time,” they said.

I’m sorry, but based on my experience, most of this gossip was not close to being accurate. Here’s the truth about five common rumors I heard—it will make you think twice about overlooking community college as an education option.…

4 Reasons Why Transferring As “Undecided” Is A Bad Idea

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Are you a community college student who hasn’t declared a major yet (or you’ve declared a general major such as liberal arts or general studies)? Well, if you’re thinking of transferring as an undecided or general major, think again.

Not only will transferring with no major or a general major hurt your chances of admission into certain schools, but it can also cost you more money. Here are four reasons why transferring as an undecided major is a bad idea.…

Community College Students: Don’t Forget About Fee Waivers!

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Even though the fall semester just began, you may already be thinking about applying for transfer admission.

Anyone who has ever gone through the college admissions process knows that it can be an expensive endeavor. College application fees can range from $35 to $90, taking the SAT/ACT is going to run you a good $50/test, and random other costs (postage, CSS Profile fees, etc.) will cost you even more.

Multiplied by the six or seven schools that the average student applies to, and it adds up to a lot of dough! Luckily, this process doesn’t have to be a burden for students who qualify as low income because fee waivers can help you to avoid most of these costs.…

How I Found Myself While Attending Community College

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I applied to college very late compared to most of my class. If I had applied earlier, I may have gotten more scholarships, but something seemed to hold me back. I got into the 4-year schools I applied to, yet all of them left me with a lot of money to borrow. Being a farmer’s daughter, I couldn’t afford it.

So, it was off to community college.…

Semester-By-Semester Community College Transfer Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC]

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I’ve given a lot of tips for transferring from community college to a 4-year school. However, I haven’t walked you through the process step-by-step in a single post. Let’s change that!

If you just started community college this fall, or if you’re a bit further along, I’ve illustrated things to achieve each semester that can help you reach your transfer goals. Print out a copy, and check off all you’ve accomplished (or see what you need to get started on).…