If you are looking to go back to college you need to take a little time to research transfer agreements. If you have ever attended a community college you might be able to take advantage of a transfer agreement to speed up the process of getting a four year degree.
Basically, a transfer agreement says that one college will accept credits from another college essentially on a no questions asked basis. The college that is accepting the credits assumes that the college that had awarded the credits is credible and that their curriculum is equally rigorous. Therefore any student who has been awarded them would just have easily earned them at the accepting institution. This is most typically done when an individual graduates from a community college and a 4-year college accepts the degree as proof that general education requirements have been met.
This can be really important if you are going back to college and time is of the essence. It can not only help you get accepted into another college, it can also speed the process up considerably.
This is exactly how I was able to go back to school and get my bachelors degree within two years.
Prior to my triumphant return to college life, I had once grazed the halls of my local community college. Now I may not have been an ideal student, actually I can say with 100% certainty that I wasn’t, but after a few too many years I was the proud owner of a newly minted associates degree.
It was OK I suppose. My mother was quite proud and I probably even surprised an old teacher or two from high school (actually they probably never knew). But little did I know that by sticking it out during those early years I was going to make my life a lot easier down the road.
How do you say?
I took advantage of a transfer agreement between the local community college and the local university.
By simply graduating from the local community college I was automatically accepted into my university. Now I am not going to pretend that I am attending some prestigious college where only the who’s who is accepted, but it is a good school for my major and it was also nice to not have to jump through any hoops when getting accepted.
It is important to note that you need to do your own research for your particular area. Each college has their own rules when it comes to this sort of thing and there may be slight variances in their policies but they should at least be similar.
If you have an associates degree already or even have a few college credits, it is worth checking to see if you might be able to work the transfer agreement angle. Even if you only had 30 credits from a few years back, that would be enough to put you half way to your associates degree and you would have most, if not all of your general education requirements taken care of. You could do one more year at the community college and then transfer, getting you to a bachelors degree in 3 years.
This can be an easy way to get yourself admitted into college fairly painlessly and possibly save yourself a little time in the process.
Have you ever heard about or taken advantage of a transfer agreement? Let me know.
I hope you are able to use this to your advantage.
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