Transferring to a College
Transferring to a new college is not exactly the same as applying to college for the first time, but fortunately many of the skills you have already used to get into your original college will come in handy as you apply to transfer.
There are several important differences to note about this second time around process. Your high school transcript will no longer be weighted as heavily, if it is asked for at all. Instead, your college transcript will be required. You should update your letters of recommendation. Ask for a letter from your department head or one of your professors. You don’t need to feel like you need to hide that you are transferring to a new school- most professors are there to support their students and will be happy to help you continue your education elsewhere.
Deadlines for transferring to a new school in the fall will likely occur in the spring of that year, so be ready with your college transcript, your letters of recommendation and the information you’ll need to complete your application by March or April.
Don’t assume that just because you are a transfer student that you won’t be eligible for scholarships or grants. You may still be eligible and some institutions have scholarships particularly for transfer students. Call to speak with your new school’s financial aid department to find out if there are any opportunities that you can apply for. If you are transferring into or out of state, your eligibility for state aid will change, so make sure to find out all you can about these changes before moving to your new school.