Even though transfer students have already begun attending college, this does not make them ineligible for scholarships. In fact, many schools offer more than one type of scholarship specifically for transfer students. Look below for more on how to go about getting scholarships for transfer students.
Step 1: Find transfer scholarships at a college.
In order to start learning about scholarship opportunities for transfer students, applicants can usually search a university's website to find out if it offers such scholarships. They might start by looking under the financial aid section of a school website. However, not all available scholarships may be visible on one page. Applicants may need to look closely at university websites to find scholarships, clicking links that suggest more information may be listed on other pages within the website. Some schools may suggest that applicants reach out to the university to learn about opportunities, such as with departmental scholarships.
Step 2: Research scholarship criteria.
Next, students should take note of the criteria for each scholarship. Not all students will be eligible for every transfer scholarship. There may be scholarships just for in-state transfers or for students transferring from certain community colleges. Many have GPA minimum requirements. Some university websites list all necessary criteria on one page while others offer links where more information can be found. For some, students will have to ask certain departments for criteria information. It may be helpful to compile a list of scholarships a student is eligible for as they conduct research to organize their application process.
Step 3: Apply to scholarships.
Many colleges actually enter transfer students into the running for scholarships automatically if they meet certain criteria in their college transfer application. Beyond this, students may have to file separate applications for scholarships, such as departmental scholarships within a university. The application process can vary from scholarship to scholarship. For example, the Tennessee Pledge Scholarship at the University of Tennessee- Knoxville requires that students file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by its deadline in January. Some schools may require transfer students to log in to an online portal to apply for any transfer scholarships, such as at the University of Tennessee- Knoxville, or in order to apply for competitive scholarships, such as at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Other Ways to Get Scholarships as a Transfer Student
Students may be able to find scholarships specifically for transfer students outside of the university they are transferring to. There are organizations that support transfer students, such as the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society or Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. To find these scholarships, students may need to conduct research using an internet search engine. Information on such scholarships may also be available on university websites. Just as with university-sponsored transfer scholarships, students should determine if they meet the criteria in order to apply. For example, students must be members of Phi Theta Kappa in order to get scholarships from that organization. The application process and deadlines may be different for each individual scholarship opportunity.