Big dreams don’t have to start with a big budget
Why should you attend a two-year college like SCC if your goal is a four-year degree?
Because low cost and high quality add up to one smart choice.
As the price of an education climbs and the value of a college degree increases, more students are realizing that completing the first two years of their degree at a community college is a wise decision.
Reason one: save money
Sure it makes sense to invest in an education that boosts your lifetime earning power but why borrow if you don’t have to?
On average, a college student today will graduate with $23,000 in debt. When that loan comes due it will cost $264 a month for 10 years to repay.
But what if you could get the education without the debt? By getting the first two years of a college education at SCC and completing two more years at a higher-cost university, students can easily save thousands on the total cost of a college education. SCC provides a high-quality education at a lower cost.
Just do the math: Two years (60 credit hours) at SCC cost about $7,928. At the University of South Carolina (Columbia) you’ll pay over $20,000 for the same number of credits, and at Clemson University will cost you nearly $28,000. Choose a private university and you might pay even more. See a full comparison of SCC tuition to local colleges at www.sccsc.edu/compare.
But if you choose SCC for the first two years, complete your general education requirements and then concentrate on your major when you transfer and you will not only save money, you’ll get the benefit of small classes, attentive faculty and top-rate support services.
Reason two: a second chance at your first choice
Today about a third of all college students will transfer at least once before they graduate. While some transfers are between four-year schools, many transfer students begin their education at a community college and then move on to a four-year university to complete their degree.
If you set your sights on the University of South Carolina, Clemson or another high-profile university but discover that your high school GPA, academic record or test scores fall short, all is not lost.
If you’re ready to work hard now, SCC can provide you with a second chance at getting into your dream school. As a transfer student, four-year colleges base their transfer admissions more on a student’s success in college courses rather than on high school grades or SAT/ACT scores.
– Laura L. Crawford
Plan Well and Reach High
Three steps to a seamless transfer
Successful transfer students not only take their studies seriously, they take the time to set goals and plan their transfer.
With a good plan, you’ll increase your chances of choosing the right college for your goals and not wasting either time or money taking classes you don’t need–or missing classes you do need.
1. Set realistic goals
“A lot of students make up their mind that they want to be transfer students before they decide on a major or career,” says SCC Director of Admissions and Advising Services Alison Cann. But not all good jobs require a four-year degree and step one should be to evaluate the associate degree and bachelor’s degree options in fields that interest you.
“Your goals should mesh with reality,” says Cann. “If you decide you want to be an engineer, for example, you’ll have to do well in math.”
Students who are academically prepared to take college-level courses have the best chances of reaching their transfer goals.
2. Find a career direction
“It’s OK to not be certain about your major when you start,” says Charlton Williams, SCC Advising Center coordinator. “Too many students just base their decisions on what their friends or family tell them without checking things out for themselves.”
While you don’t have to decide on a career–or even a major–right away, part of your job as a college student is to gather the information you need to make that decision soon.
Most transfer students take the basics at SCC, filling their schedule with general education courses in a broad range of academic fields from English to humanities to social sciences.
Be sure to make an appointment with an SCC advisor who can help you identify your interests, research careers and learn about your transfer options.
“Students can save time, energy and money by meeting with an advisor,” says SCC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Cheryl Cox.
Cox recommends that students make an appointment to see an advisor during non-registration periods. In these one-on-one sessions, students can explore their career skills, research careers that match their interests and determine which four-year colleges best meet their needs.
3. Decide on your transfer school
“The decision about what you’ll major in and where you’ll transfer should go hand in hand,” says Williams. “Too many students limit their search to schools nearby,” she adds. “Look for good programs in your field and consider schools around the state and even out of state.”
“The sooner you decide on your transfer school, the better because every school has slightly different requirements. You will need to tailor your coursework at SCC to the transfer requirements of the specific school.”
SCC Advising Center
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SCC Career Services
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