How to Transfer Credits From One College to Another

Whether you are getting ready to transfer out of community college or planning a move and need to find a school closer to your new home, you’ll likely be wondering about transferring your credits to your new school.

While the process itself is not complicated, it’s important to know that different schools may accept more credits than other schools. Here are some steps to take to help maximize your credit acceptance during the transfer process.

Know your school’s transfer agreements

Before or after you enroll in your classes, it’s essential to know if your school has any transfer agreements with other colleges or universities. These are very common and, in some cases, publicly advertised by community colleges.

These transfer agreements are created by two or more schools that have collaborated to build out course curriculum that meets educational requirements across all of the institutions that are in the agreement. Agreements help create a streamlined transfer process and maximize the number of credits transferred from one school to the next.

To find out more about your school’s transfer agreements, speak with your admissions office or your academic advisor. They can provide you with the specifics and help look into your best transfer options.

Contact your transfer school

If you have decided which school you plan to transfer to, it is a good idea to reach out to the admission’s office and try to speak with someone as soon as possible. Provide a copy of your transcript and determine what classes you will need to take when you transfer and what courses will transfer to count towards your degree.

Know this will help give you a breakdown and see how many credits will transfer from one college to your new school. It’s important to know what credits will transfer to help avoid retaking classes or not receiving credit for completed classes towards your degree.

Complete the transfer

Once you have chosen a school and figured out how many credits will transfer, it’s time to complete the process. You will likely have some forms to submit, so ask your advisor what you need to prepare. 

Transfer applications get treated similarly to new student applications at many schools, so it’s important to make sure you don’t turn in anything late to avoid course enrollment delays.

It’s a good idea to have a few schools selected for consideration when it comes to transferring. More schools will give you some options to see where you can maximize your transfer of credits. The last thing any student wants to do is retake the same class they already passed because of school policy.

Last but certainly not least, make sure you update your FAFSA® by adding your new school.

Have more questions about the transfer process or financial aid? The FRANK Team is here to help. You can text us at (347) 690-7886 or email us at