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Transfer students are becoming more frequent and here's why

Posted at 1:33 PM, Oct 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-19 17:50:43-04

Its National Transfer Students week, a time to highlight students who face struggles and success transferring to another school.

There are many challenges that come with being a student. Data shows most times the main challenge for students are finances. US News and World Report found over the last 20 years, tuition and fees at private National Universities have jumped 134%, Out-of-state tuition and fees at public National Universities have risen 141%, In-state tuition and fees at public National Universities have grown the most, increasing 175%.

Essentially, the cost of getting a tertiary education is going up and that's why more students like Kierstin Shaw are opting for community college or a cheaper way into starting traditional 4-year university.

Shaw said, “I went to CTC for about a year, well I went to Wisconsin then I came back here and became a history major, when I transferred from Wisconsin to central Texas college, it was a bit difficult I find that it was a bit difficult as the degree requirements were different so sometimes the courses don’t exactly match up.”

Nevertheless, she's now with Texas A and M Central Texas University in her last year, earning her degree in History. Transferring those credits to the institution was not as hard as Kierstin's first transfer from her first two universities were, as Texas A and M Central Texas University is designed to take on transfer students said Gregory Bourgois, the Assistant Director of Recruiting.

This Saturday there's an open house warrior preview day at Texas A and M Central Texas campus. Its an opportunity to learn how to transfer credits and enroll in the university, and also a chance to see what programs are available.