The ultimate aim of the Honors Program is to enable students to successfully transfer with scholarships to top public and private four-year colleges and universities.
The Honors Program is committed to helping you find the right transfer school and facilitate the transfer and application process. Below, please find these helpful tips to help you get started.
1. Meet with an Advisor
Planning your transfer to a four-year school can be daunting. The good news is that there is valuable resources to help you in the Career and Development Office located in C-102. They can help you identify programs that match your goals or classes that meet degree requirements and resonate with your personal interest.
CUNY Transfer Procedure Link: http://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/career/transfer/Pages/Procedure.aspx
Transferring To CUNY Senior College: http://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/career/transfer/pages/out.aspx
Transferring Into Kingsborough: http://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/career/transfer/pages/in.aspx
Transfer Information/Course Equivalencies For CUNY:
2. Find the Right Fit
It is never too early to start planning your transfer to a four-year college or university. Narrow your search by making a list of priorities (location, size, campus climate, cost, majors offered, etc.). Does the college offer programs and services that foster community amongst transfer and commuter students? Is there on-campus housing for nontraditional students and students with families? College websites are great sources of information and valuable tools for identifying colleges that fit your educational and personal interests.
PTK developed www.CollegeFish.org to aid transfer and career planning. CollegeFish.org consists of two major components: transfer tools for planning completion of a baccalaureate degree, and career tools for aiding career planning.
Review the transfer-specific admission and academic application requirements. Familiarize yourself with the deadlines for submitting the application and FAFSA. Don’t assume that all colleges have the same deadlines or requirements for admission and entry into majors—do your research. Some universities offer equivalency course guides that show how credits completed at other colleges transfer.
3. Connect with Colleges
If a college sparks your interest, schedule an official campus visit. Request to meet with transfer admission and financial aid counselors, schedule a campus tour, attend a class if you can, and talk with an academic advisor and faculty within your intended academic program. Do your research and compile a list of questions in preparation for your visit. If you’re planning to live on campus, request a tour of the dorms and the dining hall. Explore the neighborhood surrounding the campus to gain a sense of the community and off-campus opportunities. If you reside in the area, check the campus calendar for upcoming events. Find opportunities to connect with current transfer students on campus. If you are unable to visit a college, connect with admission, financial aid, and academic advisors, as well as current transfer students, via phone, e-mail, and social media.
C-102 always has events throughout the semester helping you with the transfer process. http://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/career/Pages/career_index.aspx
IMPORTANT: Filling Out FAFSA on Time
If you’re currently attending a community college, you may be able to afford it by paying out of pocket. Perhaps you have not needed to file for financial aid, or you filed but did not receive anything while at your current school. This is typically not the case when transferring to a four-year institution.
You will want to apply as soon as possible once the FAFSA opens up on January 1 of the year you plan to transfer and enroll. Some states offer their own grants with their own deadlines too, so don’t miss out by not filing your FAFSA early! Keep in mind you do not have to have your taxes or your parents’ taxes completed before filing the FAFSA; you can file based off the prior year’s taxes and update the figures later.
Additionally, the FAFSA allows you to enter up to 10 different colleges. Once you have officially been accepted and you have filed the FAFSA, you can expect a financial aid award letter from each school you are considering, typically in March or April. Once you receive the award letter, you can compare your offers from different schools. Contact your admission counselor or financial aid office with any questions you may have. They can also walk you through the contents of your award letter and explain what each item means.
Here are some common and necessary financial topics to ask about—and to make sure you understand completely:
- Spelling out your financial aid award letter and everything in it
- Grants and scholarships (free money!) vs. loans (money you have to repay)
- The difference between subsidized and unsubsidized loans
- Payment plan options
- Living on or off campus and if that impacts your aid award
If you need assistance filling out your financial aid go to U-201 or visit their website: http://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/sub-financial_aid/Pages/default.aspx
These things play an important role in choosing the right school for you. Don’t be afraid to set up an appointment with a school representative to go over any questions you have about financial aid.
IMPORTANT: Don’t Stress!
The transfer process represents the culmination of tremendous growth and effort. It’s normal to be nervous about transferring to another school, but if you follow the aforementioned tips, the transition should be a smooth one. Take advantage of orientation events for incoming transfer students, and make time to meet current students as well. Remember: once you have settled and are familiar with a school, you are not labeled as a transfer student anymore—you are all students at the same institution working toward the same goal.