Transfer fair brings 38 institutions

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sac-ranger@alamo.edu 

The transfer center and graduation project will sponsor the fall Transfer Fair Oct. 29 in the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center.

From 9 a.m. until noon, students will get a chance to ask questions and get advice about colleges from across Texas and out of state.

Representatives of 38 colleges will have tables to answer questions about financial aid, transferring credits, and campus life.texas_am_logo_lge

Counselor Rosa Maria Gonzalez, suggests students be prepared to ask a lot of questions.

She said students should ask about the difficulty to get admitted, grade -point-average requirement and GPA calculations.

One of the most important questions to ask is if a college and the student’s major are a good match, she said.

Gonzalez said that sometimes students choose their college before checking if the college has their major available.

Time can be spent at the wrong college, and the mistake could cost students money.

One of the major issues of transferring is cost.

Transferring to any four-year college can put a strain on the budget.SCAD Screen shot 10-22-12

In an article on CNNMoney.com, the average annual cost of tuition, fees, books and housing for a public two-year college is $15,286 for a full-time student in 2001-12. The price increases to $21,447 for public four-year colleges and $42,224 for a private four-year.

“You need to look at how much scholarship money do they have available because you shouldn’t necessarily exclude them if they have good programs,” Gonzalez said.StMarys_SideBySideLogo_Black

Students who plan to transfer out of state should be prepared for higher tuition cost, Gonzalez said.

Students should also be aware of distance to and from out-of-state institutions.

Student must consider travel from their new college to home before transferring as well, Gonzalez said.

“Look at what’s a best for you as an individual.” she said.

Some of the schools attending are Texas A&M University-College Station, the University of Texas at San Antonio, St. Mary’s University, Savannah College of Art and Design and the University of Incarnate Word.

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