Transfer students from 2-year colleges get the same education and spend a lot less

By Laura Lyjak Crawford

Nationally about 45 percent of all students get their education at community colleges. While starting at SCC has always been a smart move, in today’s uncertain economy, it makes even more sense.

Consider this: Tuition at SCC for two years is $8,400. Those same two years would cost $30,000 at a four-year public college such as Clemson, or $90,000 at a private college such as Furman.

That means if you spend two years at SCC and transfer to a four-year university for the rest of your education, you can expect to save anywhere from $21,600 to $81,600. Wow!

Is the value of a college education related to its cost?

Transfer students earn exactly the same degrees as students who spent four years-and a lot more money-at four-year institutions.  Classes are small, the faculty is committed to teaching, and SCC credits transfer to universities all over the country.

Transferring is easy

One of the reasons community colleges were created was to provide the first two years of a four-year degree at low cost and close to home. So naturally, we do it well. Our Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees are designed to transfer; our academic counselors can assist in researching four-year programs; and our instructors will inspire you to do your best.

What if I don’t have a plan or a major?

You’re certainly not alone if you want to explore your interests before you declare a major. According to the website, as many as 80 percent of incoming freshmen haven’t settled on a program of study yet.

SCC Associate VP of Enrollment Management and Retention, Academic Affairs Lynn Dale recommends all students take time to meet with an advisor. “We have assessments available to help students understand their interests and talents,” she says. “These assessment will guide the applicant in their choices of classes and possibly help choose a transfer institution too. It’s a good idea to develop an educational plan in the beginning and reassess it once a semester.”

SCC’s University Transfer program is a good option for students who want to explore their interests before committing to a major. It’s designed to provide a broad foundation in the humanities and social sciences, allowing you to choose from a menu of courses in art, science, language and music among others.

Undecided students might want to discuss the transfer agreements SCC has with many of the four-year colleges and universities in South Carolina. These agreements make it easy for students to complete basics at SCC and add higher-level courses at a transfer institution. However, it’s a wise move to contact the four-year school you want to attend for a transfer guide – or find it on SCC’s website.

Start here. Go there.

If your desire is to earn a bachelor’s degree, then SCC is a great place to start because of our quality programs and low tuition. SCC works directly with many four-year schools in South Carolina to ensure the college credit you earn here will transfer easily to those schools.

SCC has formal transfer agreements with these colleges and universities, which means these schools accept college credit earned at SCC toward the requirements for identified degrees:

  • Clemson University
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • Columbia College (finish your Bachelor’s Degree on SCC campus!)
  • Francis Marion University
  • Lander University
  • Limestone College
  • Sherman College of Chiropractic
  • Spartanburg Methodist College
  • University of South Carolina – Columbia
  • University of South Carolina – Lancaster
  • University of South Carolina – Salkehatchie
  • University of South Carolina – Sumter
  • University of South Carolina – Union
  • University of South Carolina – Upstate

For more information, visit or call the SCC Admissions Center at (864) 592-4800.