Transferring between colleges can be a very long and stressful experience. To make this easier for you, we have put together a few websites. We hope that looking through these resources will help you get a better understanding of the area of study you wish to pursue and the college/university best suited to help you achieve your goals.
Before you start researching colleges, it is very important to be very clear about what it is that you want to study and what your ultimate career objectives are.
If you need help narrowing down your preferences or want to explore careers and your own interests, a good place to start is MWCC Career Services. They can be contacted at 978-630-9109.
College information sources:
MassTransfer: This website (www.mass.edu/masstransfer/) contains information about the agreements between community colleges and public four-year schools in Massachusetts. Transferring through MassTransfer can greatly simplify the transfer process, provide access to financial assistance and allow you to easily transfer to some selective programs.
The following websites also contain information and various types of college rankings. Some information is free while others may charge for the information. When evaluating college rankings, be sure to understand what parameters have been used to grade the colleges and how important those are to you.
Financial Aid Resources for Transfer
While selecting a college to attend you must also keep in mind the costs associated with pursuing a degree of your choice. In most cases, four-year schools are more expensive to attend than community colleges and you must have a plan in place to meet these additional expenses, be it through Financial Aid, loans, scholarships or personal resources.
FinAid: This is a great place to learn about how financial aid works and how to best use the process. A great resource! www.finaid.org
FAFSA: For the majority of public and private schools, this is a starting point in the process of applying for financial aid. https://fafsa.ed.gov/
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (College Board) : Some private schools require that applicants complete the “PROFILE” in addition to or instead of the FAFSA. http://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile
MWCC Financial Aid: Financial aid office at MWCC.
Scholarships can be a great source of free money towards your degree program. To search for scholarships in your field of study or to find out if there are scholarships available for people of your ethnic/religious/geographical etc. background, take a look at these sites:
As always, the principle of buyer beware applies: be very wary of Scholarship Scams, do not pay money ($) to apply for scholarships.
The MWCC library contains a number of resources to assist you in your transfer search. Resources can be found in the following locations:
Section LB 2337.42395: Financial Aid, Scholarships, SAT/GRE Prep, Study Skills Materials.
Section HF 5381-5383: Career/Job information.