Take the Transfer

The smart path to a four-year degree

The cost of a four-year degree and student loan debts have continued to rise in the last decade. That’s one reason many students choose to attend a technical or community college as an affordable alternative to a four-year school.

But education at a community or technical college doesn’t have to end with a two-year degree. In fact, credit earned at a community college can often be transferred to a four-year school to count toward a bachelor’s degree.

Avoid debt

Education is an investment worth making, but student loan debts can be a huge burden. On average, a 2015 college graduate is shouldering a whopping $35,000 in debt, according to financial aid website Edvisors.com.

Starting at a community or technical college can knock tens of thousands of dollars off the eventual bill for a bachelor’s degree. At Piedmont Technical College, the cost of two years is $4,548. Compare that to $27,764 for two years at Clemson University and $22,964 for two years at the University of South Carolina. And private university costs are higher still.

Besides saving money in tuition costs, most Piedmont Tech students qualify for federal Pell Grants, which, unlike loans, do not need to be paid back. For more information on financial aid like grants and scholarships, visit www.ptc.edu/aid.

Experience counts

A transfer plan means completing general education requirements at PTC and deciding what major is right for you. Not only will you save money, you’ll have access to attentive faculty and benefit from small class sizes and hands-on classrooms.

Maybe you’ve got your eye on a degree from a university where your high school GPA or entrance exam scores kept you from admission. By starting at a community or technical college, you can improve your academic qualifications.

Universities consider admissions for transfer students based more on the work they put in to previous college courses than on high school grades. Getting involved in extracurricular activities like student government and clubs can also improve your transfer prospects.

Plan ahead

The key to a successful transfer is planning. If you know where you’d like to transfer for a bachelor’s program, start researching what the university and department requires.

PTC has articulation agreements with many four-year colleges and universities in a range of programs. That means credits earned in your first two years will count toward a degree.

What if you don’t already know what you want to do? Taking the basic classes first will ensure you don’t waste time and money while discovering your interests. The block of general education credits are designed to transfer.

An admissions counselor can help you understand the transfer process, as well as help you explore program options. We’re here to help! Schedule an appointment at (855) 446-3864, or drop by the Admissions Office today. Learn more at