Many students transfer from community colleges to four-year colleges and universities. Inside Higher Ed reports approximately 20% of community college students successfully transfer to institutions of higher education. Students beginning their journey to a bachelor’s degree can save a significant amount of money by starting at their local community college.
One program in North Carolina that may lead to the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill is the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program or C-STEP. Nine of the community colleges in North Carolina participate in this program, including Fayetteville Technical Community College.
A comprehensive student guide provides extensive information on the process to qualify for this transfer program. Starting with the required 3.0 GPA in an approved associates program, students learn about other requirements such as participation in mandatory activities, mentoring opportunities, and eventually, a personal librarian to assist students with research and library related questions. The C-STEP program has many resources for students in the program to ensure a greater success rate.
Students apply several ways depending upon the program: (1) the Common Application, (2) the Common Application and program specific supplemental materials, or (3) program applications specific for the Nursing and the Pharmacy programs.
C-STEP students who show demonstrated financial need receive grants, loans, and possibly work study to help meet their financial obligations. Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS PROFILE determines students’ financial aid packages and both forms are mandatory.
The Office of Institutional Research & Assessment at Chapel Hill reports 3,271 students applied as transfers for Fall Semester 2014 with 42% (1,383) accepted; slightly more women (43%) than men (41%) gained admission.
If students in North Carolina are considering UNC –Chapel Hill and cost of attendance is a concern, C-STEP may be a good alternative if qualified.