How to Reduce the Cost of College Transfer

Editor’s Note: This post was written and submitted by Nancy Lee Sánchez, executive director of Kaplan Educational Foundation.

Are you interested in transferring to a four-year school but wary of all of the application, transcript, housing, and other fees headed your way? You’re not alone. The transfer process can appear confusing and costly. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be!

At the Kaplan Educational Foundation, we work with students attending associate degree-granting colleges to help them transfer to the schools of their dreams. All of the students we work with are low-income, so we’ve developed a complete set of tips and guidelines you can use to make sure nothing can stop you from getting to where you want to go.

How to Reduce the Costs of Applying for Transfer is a short (and free!) guide that covers the ins and outs of saving money during the transfer process. Inside, you’ll find everything you need to know about each of the important fees of transfer:

  • Transfer application fees (Common App and non-Common App)
  • Fees to send transcripts from your high school, GED program, and pre-transfer college
  • Costs to get documents translated into English (for international students)
  • CSS Profile fees
  • Standardized test costs
  • Enrollment deposits
  • Housing deposits
  • Immunization fees

As you can imagine, these start to stack up, especially if you’re applying to multiple schools. However, we’ve also outlined the following to help you plan for these costs and get them reduced or waived:

  • How much each fee typically costs (per school or per document)
  • Which institutions you’ll need to work with
  • How to reduce each fee or get them waived completely

As a Phi Theta Kappa student, you’ve already proven that you have what it takes to apply to top colleges across the U.S. And, being a PTK member may also qualify you for additional financial aid at these elite colleges. So, don’t let the initial fees of applying get in the way of your education!

If you’re looking at transfer schools, or even if you’re just curious about transfer, we encourage you to download this free resource so you can save the most money while applying to your dream schools.

For a complete guide to choosing the right transfer school, getting in, and receiving the best financial aid package, check out our brand-new book, Your 2018 Guide to College Transfer.

The Guide contains 90 profiles of the top schools for transfer students in the U.S., and it highlights the best schools for veterans, students with DACA/Undocumented status, and students raising families. Each school’s profile also lists scholarship requirements and benefits for PTK members.

And don’t forget: top schools are looking for you! They’re usually happy to work with great students like you and your PTK colleagues on reducing and waiving fees.

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