Transfer Steps and Tips
1. Financial Aid
- If you will be needing financial aid at the university level, turn in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form after January 1 prior to the academic year to plan to attend. For example, if you are planning to apply fall quarter 2010, you should turn in the FAFSA after January 1, 2010. You can also complete this form online.
- Pay attention to university priority deadlines! Most financial aid deadlines are before March 1. If you do not turn in your FAFSA by the deadline, you are still eligible to receive aid, but the amount of aid you receive could be considerably less. The earlier you turn it in the better.
- Search for scholarships. A great way to do this is over the internet. Also, check your local library, high school and of course, with your chosen university.
2. While you are at community college...
- Make sure you know which degrees transfer! Only Associate of Arts (AA)--Option I (DTA) and Associate of Science (AS) degrees are intended to transfer to a four-year university. Generally, Associate's of Technical Arts (ATA) degrees do not fully transfer to a four-year university. Some ATA degrees may transfer. If you have questions about whether a certain ATA degree transfers, please see our Professional/Technical Advisors by calling 425 640-1458 or see your faculty advisor.
- Start thinking about where you will transfer and what you will major in! It is important to decide upon your major early because many programs have prerequisites that you can fulfill here at Edmonds. If you are undecided about your major, you may want to visit the Counseling Center in Mountlake Terrace Hall, room 145 (425 640-1358). Transfer Resources offers "choosing a major" workshops each quarter, too. You should also plan for your major with a faculty advisor from the discipline you plan to major in. For an appointment with a faculty advisor, contact Advising at 425.640.1458.
Examine the characteristics you want in a university. Some to consider include:
- Public vs. Private
- Academic Reputation
- Religious Affiliation
- Special Services
- Student/Faculty Ratio
3. Explore! Talk to the universities...
- Stop by the Advising Resource Center (Lynnwood Hall, first floor) and collect general information (deadlines, prerequisites, etc). You can also use the internet to explore university information.
- Take advantage of the university representative visits here at Edmonds. Representatives from various universities set up information tables in Snohomish or Snoqualmie Hall.
- Research the admission requirements for each college or university you are interested in. Look for minimum GPA, foreign language, and general education requirements
- Visit the universities you are considering. Take a tour, spend the night in the residence halls and visit a classroom. Contact your chosen transfer university for more information about visitation programs.
- Surf the internet! You can now apply, request information and email your questions on-line with most universities. To connect to local universities or discover more about your major, go to Transfer Resources.
- Talk to your faculty advisor and determine when you will finish your AA degree so you can plan for admission deadlines.
4. Narrow it down to at least three - then APPLY!
- Plan for application fees. Most are around $60.
- Start collecting your transcripts from every college you attended. Remember that universities will only accept official transcripts - they must remain sealed in the envelope they came in. For information about ordering official Edmonds transcripts, go to the Enrollment Services website . Note that if you are planning to apply to the University of Washington, you will also need your high school transcripts.
- Find out what the admissions requirements are for your major. Many require prerequisites that can be fulfilled within the AA or AS degree.
- Pay attention to both university and major deadlines! You often have to apply to the university as well as your major's department. The university deadline is usually before the major. In many cases, you have to be accepted to the university before the department will accept you.