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Transfer Students

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The College Fund offers a Tribal College Transfer Pathway program to eligible students to guide and assist them in the transfer process. Follow our #NativePathways program on social media for updates and tips specific to transfer students.

Academic Planning

Schedule regular meetings with your academic advisor to determine which classes you need to complete your choice of study. This will mitigate common errors of taking too many electives, not enough, or missing a core class that is offered irregularly.

Your GPA is also an important consideration as your academic journey progresses. Use the following online tools to track your GPA:

College Cost

The cost varies widely depending on whether the college is a two-year public community college, four-year public college or university, or a four-year private institution. Consider these 2009 average college costs from The College Board:

  • Two year public college (per year)*- $ 2,544
  • Four-year public college (per year)*- $ 7,020
  • Four-year private college (per year)*- $26,273

*The costs listed above for two-year and four-year public colleges are for in-state students.

In-State versus Out-of-State Tuition

State (public) colleges and universities get the money they need to operate from tuition and from taxes paid by state residents. Students within that state pay a lower cost. Because out-of-state students haven’t been paying tax dollars into that state, they are charged more through tuition.

In-state colleges also may have a lower price tag to entice graduates to stay in that state. College graduates are more likely to have good jobs, pay taxes, and contribute to the state’s economy.

Whether a student pays in-state or out-of-state tuition isn’t always set in stone. Consider these factors:

  • If a student is a “top performer” (someone with an excellent grade point average or test scores), some colleges may reduce (or eliminate) the extra cost for out-of-state tuition.
  • Some states with declining populations of college-age residents may reduce out-of-state tuition costs.
  • Some state colleges have agreed to a “reciprocity compact.” This means a state has an agreement with neighboring states to reduce (or eliminate) the extra cost of out-of-state tuition. For example, Minnesota has reciprocity agreements with Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota as well as with the Canadian province of Manitoba. There are four regional reciprocity compacts: Western Undergraduate ExchangeAcademic Common MarketMidwestern Higher Education, and theNew England Board of Higher Education.

Explore our Paying for College section to learn more about financial aid, scholarship opportunities, and money management.

Professional Development

College is an integral time of your professional development journey. Explore our Career Success Tips for professional development tips about building a resume and cover letter to get started.

Extracurricular activities, summer jobs, internships, externships, and even work-study jobs can help propel you into your chosen field. Explore our Career Tips for professional development tips about building resume experience.

In the world of deadlines, papers, and classes, it can be hard to make time for yourself. Keep tabs on your well-being mentally, spiritually, and emotionally, and take breaks or reach out to others when needed.  See our page dedicated to Self-Care to learn more.

Study Tips

Transition

While the overall structure may be the same, transferring to a different university is a huge transition. This can be stressful as well as exciting.
Here are some great posts to help you transition to your new university:

Transferring Credits

Will the classes you have taken at your tribal or community college be accepted by the four-year school you plan to attend? The more credits you have when you enter a four-year college, the sooner you will graduate (and the more money you’ll save).

Take these steps:

  • Meet with the advisor at your current college and the advisor at your new college to review your transcripts and determine which credits will transfer. Schools vary widely on their policies for accepting credits from other colleges. Make sure you understand which of your credits will transfer before you arrive at your new school.
  • When signing up for classes at your current school, sign up for the ones that you are sure will transfer to your new school. Typically “collegiate level” courses transfer while classes in study skills or preparatory courses usually will not. Again, talk with your advisor.
  • Get a written statement from the four-year school you’ll be attending noting which credits will be accepted from your current school to avoid unwelcome surprises.

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