New Funding Provides $2 Million for NYU Community College Transfers

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Posted By Eliana Osborn on May 25, 2015 at 9:54 am
New Funding Provides $2 Million for NYU Community College Transfers

For frugal students, starting higher education with community college can make a lot of sense, allowing them to get general education courses out of the way before transferring to a more prestigious school to finish their degrees.

New York University has a special program to help students transfer from community colleges, called the Community College Transfer Opportunity Program (CCTOP).  New funding from The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation will provide an additional $2 million to expand the CCTOP and help more students transfer to NYU from community colleges.

The CCTOP provides advising services as well as scholarship opportunities for transfer students.  From basic information to campus visiting days, CCTOP demystifies the process of going from a two year college to a major university.  NYU isn’t cheap (estimated undergraduate costs, including living expenses, are around $74,000 per year) so the scholarship funds from CCTOP are a significant help to students who want to attend. Right now, the program provides students with up to $30,000 each year.

Nationwide, transferring from community college to a top-tier university affects only a small number of students.  However, the process can be confusing, even for students at the top of their class.  Students must reach out to prospective universities and be proactive in asking questions, collecting documents, and meeting deadlines.

CCTOP isn’t the only avenue into NYU as a transfer student, but it is a great opportunity for students to get the help they need to ensure success.  For many, a good academic counselor at the community college level is crucial to making smart academic decisions, so that time isn’t wasted on unnecessary classes.  Making smart choices early on can lead to a streamlined path to a four-year degree.  That means significant money savings, less stress, and a clear view of where you’re headed.

The Petrie Foundation’s gift to the CCTOP will mean more students can get the benefits of this special program.  Over the past 25 years, 1,800 students have graduated from NYU through CCTOP, a number that will continue to grow with increased funds.  Though other colleges have similar programs, CCTOP is a leader in the field and the largest at a private university.

If you are a community college student thinking of the next stage in your education, ask your advisor up front about transferring.  There are often paths in place between community colleges and universities in the same state to make transitioning easier for students.

Starting small with community college is a smart move, whether you’re doing it to save money or simply aren’t sure of your plans.  To make the most of your time, learn all you can about transferring early on to ensure the best possible learning experience.

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Eliana Osborn
Eliana Osborn is an associate English professor at Arizona Western College, with degrees from Brigham Young University and Northern Arizona University. She’s published widely in forums such as The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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