Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who is a transfer student?
- A transfer student is a student who attends one community college or university and then enrolls at a different community college or university to complete their degree or begin a new degree program. This does not include students completing College Credit Plus coursework while in high school.
- Through our many transfer initiatives, Ohio students have access to higher education at an increasing rate. College Credit Plus and CTAGs allow students the opportunity to begin college classes for free while in high school. Students can work towards an associate degree in the Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways and receive guaranteed transfer of credit by utilizing statewide guaranteed credit initiatives (Ohio Transfer 36, TAGs, CTAGs, ITAGs, MTAGs, and/or One-Year Option) when they transfer to the state university of their choosing. By guaranteeing transfer and application of credit between state institutions, we are creating opportunities for students to save money and time throughout their higher educational journeys. For more information, please explore our website to learn about the different opportunities for college credit.
Will my credits transfer?
- We recommend following the Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways (OGTPs), Ohio Transfer 36 (OT36), Transfer Assurance Guides (TAGs), Career-Technical Assurance Guides (CTAGs), Industry Recognized Credential Transfer Assurance Guides (ITAGs), or Military Transfer Assurance Guides (MTAGs) to guarantee transfer of credit and ensure that it will apply to your intended degree. In most other circumstances, your credits will transfer, but you should check with the institution to which you are transferring to confirm whether your credits will transfer and how they will apply to your intended degree.
Will I still graduate on time with transferring my credit?
- If you plan your transfer experience and work with an academic advisor to select appropriate courses that will transfer effectively, you can easily graduate according to your desired timeline. Courses aligned to our different statewide guaranteed credit initiatives (Ohio Transfer 36, TAGs, CTAGs, ITAGs, and MTAGs) will ensure successful transfer of credit, and the Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways will help you fulfill general education requirements and stay on track towards a major before transferring to a university. Meet regularly with your academic advisor to select the most appropriate courses for a seamless transfer experience.
Can I still receive scholarships as a transfer student?
- Check with the Office of Financial Aid at your institution, but in many circumstances, yes.
Will it be harder to gain admission to other schools as a transfer student?
- Every institution has a different transfer admission policy. We recommend checking with the Office of Admissions at the institution to which you are transferring.
Do my transfer credits expire?
- If you are preparing to apply to professional schools (e.g., medical school, law school, veterinary school, etc.), nursing schools, or other types of specialized accreditation programs, you should check to see if your credits would expire prior to your application to those programs. In nearly all other circumstances, there is no expiration date for transfer credit.
Are there other situations where credits will transfer?
- The Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network is always looking for new and innovative ways to offer students credit for their prior learning and work experience. Please check back for updates on our work.
I have questions about the transfer process at my current institution or my intended one. Where should I go to find answers?
- Start with your academic advisor at your current institution. If they cannot answer your questions, they will be able to direct you to someone who can. They will likely also be able to help you locate an appropriate contact person at your future institution.
- If you would like to speak with an academic advisor at your future institution, contact the Office of Admissions at that school. The staff there should be able to put you in contact with an academic advisor in your intended area of study.
- If you have questions about the application process for transfer students, you should reach out to the Office of Admissions at your intended institution.
- If you have questions about financial aid or scholarship opportunities for transfer students, you should contact the Office of Financial Aid at your intended institution.
- If you have questions or concerns about how your previously earned credits will transfer or have transferred, contact the office where transfer credit is processed at your institution. At most schools, this will be either the Office of the Registrar or the Office of Admissions.
Where do I start with the transfer process?
- Meet with your academic advisor at your current institution. They can help you plan appropriate courses to ensure a seamless transfer experience and can refer you to resources to navigate the transfer application process at your future institution.
- Our Credit Transfer Tool will let you know how your past coursework, military experience, and industry-recognized credentials will transfer to your intended institution.
- Our Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways Tool will help you plan appropriate coursework for your intended major both before and after you transfer.
- Once you have selected the institution to which you will transfer, you will then need to apply to the institution. You do not receive guaranteed admission through any of the statewide transfer credit initiatives.
Are there different admissions requirements for transfer students than for first-year students?
- Most institutions have different admissions requirements for transfer students than for first-year students. Documents needed for admission may also differ. It is best to check with the Office of Admissions at the institution to which you are transferring to confirm the admissions requirements for transfer students.
What are residency requirements?
- Most institutions require a minimum percentage or number of credit hours to be completed at their institution to be awarded a degree. You should check the residency requirements at each institution before transferring.