Transfer program helps CC students

As college tuition prices skyrocket, college bound seniors lean towards the options provided by community colleges.

With community college becoming a more generally accepted option for those in the middle class, transferring to a 4 year school after two years of a less expensive education seems like the best thing to do.

Academics who study college prices and tuition think the change in behavior is going to take off as more cities, states, and institutions start free programs, according to the New York Times. Some two year schools are even attempting to mimic their four year counterparts by adding modern dorms, renovating, and even offering opportunities to study abroad.

Transfer programs are available for students in almost every community college, but what is a transfer program?

The Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) is an online and/or written contract that outlines the courses a student will need to complete and the GPA they will be required to earn in order to guarantee admission at any of the participating TAG universities.

West Valley’s participating UCs are Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, and Los Angeles under TAP which gives you priority admission status.

While acceptance is not guaranteed, following the transfer requirements heavily weigh the odds in your favor over freshmen applicants.

On April 11, 2018, UC and the California community college system announced an arrangement to ease the complicated process of transferring from community to a four year. Most likely to accommodate the recent influx of  students interested in the opportunity.

It adds to a program from 2015 that created “transfer pathways,” listing the classes community college students must take to qualify for 21 of the most popular majors at UC. As well as in 2019, qualified community college students hoping to attend the University of California will have a guaranteed spot at one of its campuses.

Transferring becoming easier starts a shift in the future high school students seek for themselves