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Students learn transfer, financial aid guidelines in NW discussion panel

By Ashlyn LeVesque/ reporter

Transfer students should begin the application process as soon as possible, especially if financial aid is desired, university transfer representatives told NW students Oct. 28.

Campus representatives such as Kimberly Parker from the University of North Texas joined the panel-style discussion that covered application deadlines, scholarships, financial aid and transfer requirements pertinent to each specific university.

“A good rule of thumb is understanding when the class registration opens and try to start the application or admissions process a month before that,” Tarleton State outreach specialist Ryan Dickerson said. “That way you can make sure your financial aid is in order, get your transcripts turned in and you’re able to apply for scholarships.”

University acceptance and scholarship consideration is impacted by both college credit hours and any previously attended colleges, representatives said.

“I always tell students it’s very important that you have your own grasp and understanding of the state core,” Texas Woman’s University admissions counselor Brandon Vance said. “It is key that you understand how the core works and what it is for the institutions you’re going to but also from the institution that you’re leaving.”

Although transferability of credits is not normally the issue, many students find problems regarding applicability of course credits for their desired majors and academic degree plans, university representatives said.

“It’s never too soon to start talking with us for those of you who may be in your first year at TCC, but it is especially never too soon if you are considering something in the sciences or math, business or education programs,” Texas Wesleyan University transfer specialist Amy Orcutt said. “Some of those are a lot less flexible with your credits.”

Representatives also suggested that students contact the desired department prior to applying for transfer to any university because accepted classes vary based on degree plans.

“It’s good to check early. Nothing is worse than taking the wrong class only to realize that and then to have to take the right one,” University of Texas at Arlington admissions counselor Julie Garcia Flores said. “To make the best use of your time and money, come and speak with us so that we can make sure that you’re in the right classes.”

Beyond TCC career services, transfer guides and admissions counselors will help narrow down degree plan options best for each specific student, representatives said.

“We’re here so that you can ask us any question about what classes will transfer or where it will fit in to your degree plan,” Dallas Baptist University transfer recruitment director Trevor Head said. “So come and see us. Our only job is to help you transfer to one of our universities and to make sure you’re treated well, everything is handled correctly, and that you’re in the correct program that you want to be in.”

Transfer representatives from various universities will be on NW Campus weekdays throughout November, and more information can be accessed through transfer center coordinator Lourdes Davenport in WSTU 1406A or at 817-515-7654.

The event was part of the Transfer Academy’s University Connection and was sponsored by the TCC Transfer Center.

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