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How To Transfer to a 4-Year College

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Thinking about transferring from your community college to a four-year university? It might just be the right move for you. According to 2020 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers with at least a bachelor’s degree earned about $500 more per week than those with only some college credit or an associate degree. 

The college transfer process may seem overwhelming, but EKU is here to help. Many community and technical college grads have gained additional success by becoming Colonels. 

“I struggled with balancing work and school for years but transferring to EKU helped so much,” said 2020 graduate Rachael Miller. “My grades improved, I had an advisor that helped me make a plan to graduate, and I was able to stay on track to earn my degree.” 

Sound good? Here are some important steps and tips to transfer to a four-year college.

Apply for Admission

The first step to transfer to a four-year college is the same one you would take if you were a first-time freshman: apply for admission. To be a Colonel, create an account with a unique username and password and fill out the free online application. You’ll be able to save your progress and log back in anytime to finish your application. If you come across questions about your specific application, don’t worry! Our Student Outreach and Transition Office (SOTO) is here to help. Feel free to reach out to our Transfer Center staff anytime.  

Send Supporting Documents

Once you’ve finished the online application, we’ll need a few supporting documents from you. Send us official transcripts from other institutions you’ve attended, whether full time, part time, or dual credit. You can order your transcripts from National Student Clearinghouse and have them sent to us via mail, or electronically as a PDF. To submit AP credit, request your scores from The College Board. If you have fewer than 24 college credit hours, also send your high school transcript and your SAT or ACT scores for course placement. 

Some programs at EKU—such as Occupational Science, Nursing, and ASL Interpreter Training—require a separate application. Check the undergraduate catalog for your program’s requirements. 

Apply for Financial Aid

The last two steps we discussed will help you get into your four-year college. The next two will help you pay for it. Once you’ve applied for admission and sent supporting documents, you’ll want to apply for financial aid. At EKU, financial aid consists of loans, grants, work-study and scholarships. To find out what type of aid you’re eligible for, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application for Fall 2021 closes April 1, so fill yours out soon! See our Financial Aid FAQs for more information about financial aid at EKU. 

Check Out Transfer Scholarships

The best kind of financial aid is the kind you’ll never have to repay. As a School of Opportunity, EKU offers a variety of scholarships, including scholarships just for on-campus transfer students. As part of the EKU Advantage, we offer four automatic transfer scholarships based on your GPA, ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 annually. You can also apply for any of our 11 other scholarships or EKU Foundation Scholarships with just one application. But scholarships are not the only financial perk of being a Colonel—for Fall 2021, undergraduate students get their required textbooks for free through the EKU Booksmart program. Right now, EKU is more affordable than ever. 

Once you’ve received your admission decision, you’re a Colonel! We can’t wait to see you on the Campus Beautiful. Find out more about your transfer process

Published on February 16, 2021

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