Transfers

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Your Transfer Journey Starts Now

Transferring from HCC to a four-year university is a popular path to a bachelor’s degree.

Students can build a solid academic foundation and save on the cost of college by starting at HCC.  HCC offers university transfer/core curriculum and choice of associate degrees, many designed specifically for students who want to transfer and apply HCC credits toward a bachelor’s degree at another institution.  Utilize the wealth of support services and resources available to help you meet your transfer goals.

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Core Curriculum

To earn an associate degree, you must fulfill certain core curriculum requirements. The core curriculum for transfer degrees is comprised of the 42 credit hours outlined below:

Subject Area Required Credits
Communications 6
Mathematics 3
Life & Physical Sciences 6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture 3
Creative Arts 3
American History 6
Government/Political Science 6
Social & Behavioral Sciences 3
Component Area Option 6
Total 42

 

Please note: Transfer degrees include the Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), and Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT). If you are working toward an Associate of Applied Science (AAS), consult with your pathway advisors to see which of the subject area credits you must obtain before graduation.

Identify transfer goals & take the right classes

Transfer Coordinators and Specialists can help you determine the best path to complete your associate degree, transfer successfully, and meet your educational goals.  Transfer staff can help you select the right courses that will transfer, apply to your future bachelor’s degree, and satisfy your HCC and university degree requirements. Transfer staff can help you explore transfer destinations, identify admissions requirements, and assist with your university application. If transferring is part of your plan, we recommend you start planning early.

Transfer Events

Each semester Houston Community College hosts several Transfer Fairs throughout the system. These fairs enable the students to make lasting impressions with university faculty and staff who attend. We are excited to showcase the quality of what the state, nation, and even the world can offer our students academically. 

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If You are Transferring to HCC

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UnOfficial Transcripts

HCC accept unofficial transcripts, grade reports and/or TSI scores for initial advisement and placement. This information will determine if exemption from assessment or prerequisites is applicable. A transcript hold will be placed on your record until an official transcript is sent to the .

Please electronically send or mail official transcripts to:

Houston Community College
Office of Student Records
P.O. Box 667517, MC 1136
Houston, TX 77266-7517

Official Transcripts

While unofficial transcripts may be accepted for initial registration, official transcripts must be received within 30 days of seeing an or enrolling in classes, whichever comes first. Official transcripts are needed for any of the following purposes:

TSI Exemption
1. Complete an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution.
2. Complete a college-level English and a college-level math.
3. Passing ACT/SAT/TAKS scores.

 

TSI Status: Students transferring to HCCS must provide an official transcript so that their TSI status can be determined.

Acceptance of transfer work

Students seeking acceptance of transfer credit toward a degree or certificate should send an official transcript to the Office of Student Records at the time their Educational Plan is filed.

 

Assessment
Transfer students who have college level work (including English and Math) may not need testing for TSI or for prerequisite purposes. Course prerequisites are met through previous coursework or appropriate testing scores.
Contact at a campus near you for testing times

TSI Scores
Students who have taken an approved TSI test must submit an official copy of their scores to the Office of Student Records, if those scores do not appear on an official transcript.

Advisor
See an for advising, selection of courses, and registration information, so that you can be set up for online registration.

 

If You are Transferring from HCC

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meet with an academic advisor. 
Meet with an at your community college campus to discuss your academic goals, plans, and questions. Consider completing an associates degree before transferring. Some universities give preferential treatment in admission decisions, if a student transfers after completing his/her associates degree.
If you need to transfer to another institution

If you need to transfer to another institution before the completion of your HCCS associate degree, you may do so. You may also be able to “transfer back” credits that were completed from another institution in order to fulfill your associate degree requirements.
A student can “transfer back” up to 42 college-level semester credit hours within a three year period of leaving HCCS. All graduation requirements must be fulfilled. See the Official for more information.

Obtain a transfer plan from your HCC Advisor
A transfer plan lists the university-required courses which can be taken at HCCS toward your university bachelor degree major. If you are undecided about your choice of university or your choice of major, see a HCCS career counselor for more help.

Apply for university admission and financial aid early before the university’s deadlines.

Most universities have application fees. An admission application is not considered complete until all official documents are in and all fees are paid. (Note: applying early for financial aid can have a big impact on the aid you receive.) If housing is needed, application must also be made to the university’s Housing Office.

 

All academic transcripts and TSI scores/status must be sent to your university of choice by the university’s admission deadline.
To have your HCCS transcript sent to your university, call the HCCS Office of Student Records. Transcripts can be sent electronically or by mail. (Note: Universities require an academic transcript from every institution attended. HCCS cannot send copies of transcripts from other schools. We can only send an academic transcript of HCCS course work.)

Transcript Requests

‌Important: IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT TRANSCRIPTS BE SENT ELECTRONICALLY. Most colleges in Texas trade electronically and prefer students send their records via this method instead of hand delivering a copy to the school. Electronic transcripts will be processed more quickly by our institution and at the receiving institution.

 

Transfer Scholarships

While selecting a university for transfer is not purely a matter of finances, for many HCCS students and their families, cost is the final determining factor in choosing a school. The latest research also shows that it is the perceived cost of attending a particular university that is hindering many students from applying for admission, rather than the actual cost of attendance. With many financial aid opportunities available (in spite of federal and state cutbacks), students are often able to attend their first choices for their degree programs.

Recruiters are encouraging students to ask the financial aid offices at their chosen universities to do a financial aid eligibility estimate. While not a guarantee of a student’­s funding, the estimate is a means by which a student may determine potential financial aid eligibility. The estimates are dependent upon the completeness and the accuracy of the information which students provide. Financial aid estimates are not well-publicized and many universities do not wish to do the estimate unless a student has applied for admission to that school. However, financial aid offices are doing the estimates upon request, usually during the fall semester only. It can be the basis of deciding whether a student can afford the school or not.

In addition, HCCS students are in demand at our universities. Several of our transfer universities report that HCCS students transferring with an associate degree have performed at a 3.1 GPA level after transfer. To encourage transfer, the universities in this publication have offered various scholarship opportunities. These scholarships are only available for transfer students, who have achieved approximately 50 transferable semester hours or more. Some schools give preference to those students who have completed an associate degree before transfer. Many awards are based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership skills, and community and college activities. Phone numbers and/or addresses are enclosed for further inquiries, deadlines, and applications.

A few Scholarships that might interest you:

finaid.org
fastweb.com
collegescholarships.com

Scholarships for Universities – Freshmen and Transfer Students

 

 

Houston Guided Pathways (Houston GPS)

Houston GPS will:

  • Houston GPS - https://higheredtransfer.org/degree-mapping/
  • Provide a timely, structured, and seamless pathway for students transferring from Gulf --Coast-Houston area community colleges to Houston area universities.
  • Boost post-secondary attainment, and increase completion and successful transfer rates in the Houston region.
  • Build a culture of timely graduation that will save everyone time and money, most importantly our students.

 

Meta Majors:

  • Art, Humanities, Communications, and Architecture
  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Math, Science, and Health Sciences
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

 

University Participants:

 

More information:  https://uh.edu/provost/university/houstongps/

 

 

 

Tuition costs between HCC and 10 of our University Partners

Transfers resources

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