Admissions & Records

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HOURS

Nov 23 - Nov 29, 2014
DayTime
Sun: Closed
Mon: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tue: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wed: Closed
Thu: Closed
Fri: Closed
Sat: Closed
Upcoming Hours

CONTACT
Greeley Campus
College Center, 1st Floor
5401 W 20th Street
Greeley, CO 80634
admissions.records@aims.edu
Phone: (970) 339-6440
Fax: (970) 506-6958

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for: Admissions & Records - Transferring FROM Aims

  1. Will my classes transfer to another college or university?
  2. Can I take other classes that will transfer besides the Guaranteed Transfer courses?
  3. When should I see an advisor about transferring to a four-year college or university?
  4. When should I apply to the 4-year school?
  5. What is gtPathways and how do I know if the courses I have taken are guaranteed to transfer to the four-year school? *
  6. How can I be prepared to challenge if a course is not accepted?
  7. What if I donít have the GPA needed to be admitted to the college where I want to transfer?
  8. What are the tuition and cost differences at the 4-yr schools?
  9. When can I apply for financial aid or will my financial aid transfer to the 4-year school?
  10. What is COF and how do I apply?

Will my classes transfer to another college or university?

This depends on what courses you take at Aims and what program of study you will be working on at the transfer college. It is important that you work closely with your advisor and check with the receiving institution to determine if certain courses will transfer. We do have transfer guides to help us determine if a course is likely to transfer. Please note that a grade of ďCĒ or better must be achieved in courses to be considered for transfer credit.

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Can I take other classes that will transfer besides the Guaranteed Transfer courses?

Absolutely. You will need to work closely with your Aims advisor as well as checking with the specific 4-year institution about the acceptance of transfer credits before you enroll. Some majors require specific general education courses to be completed as part of your 2-year degree in order to finish a 4-year degree in a timely manner. Please see 4-year transfer guides. Approved elective courses for the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degrees are identified in the Aims Community College Catalog under "Approved Degree Electives."

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When should I see an advisor about transferring to a four-year college or university?

If you are considering transferring to a four-year college or university, please talk with an academic or faculty advisor as soon as possible.

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When should I apply to the 4-year school?

Students will want to begin looking at the specific 4-year college or university admissions requirements and deadline dates approximately six to twelve months in advance of the intended enrollment semester. Be sure to determine admissions and application requirements at your intended transfer institution and in to your intended degree program of study. Typically, you will need to submit an application for admission, transcripts from all schools attended, an application fee, an essay or personal statement, and letters of recommendation.

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What is gtPathways and how do I know if the courses I have taken are guaranteed to transfer to the four-year school? *

In 2003, the Colorado Department of Education approved a list of general education courses that would be guaranteed to transfer (gtPathways) to any of the 4-year public colleges and universities in Colorado. Up to 35-37 credits of the approved general education courses taken at a Colorado public college or university are guaranteed to transfer among all two- and four-year institutions. These courses are marked with the GT identifier in the Aims catalog. More information about State Guaranteed Transfer courses and gtPathways may be found at http://highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Transfers/Students.html or by contacting an Aims advisor. * Always check with the specific 4-year institution about the acceptance of transfer credits before you enroll. Some majors require specific general education courses to be completed as part of your 2-year degree in order to finish a 4-year degree in a timely manner. Please see 4-year transfer guides.

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How can I be prepared to challenge if a course is not accepted?

It is helpful to keep copies of academic records such as course syllabi, course descriptions, and special projects that you do so that you may use that as documentation that you may have met the competencies for any denied transfer course.

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What if I donít have the GPA needed to be admitted to the college where I want to transfer?

If you donít meet the suggested minimum GPA for the college you are interested in transferring to, there are a two options to consider:
  1. When you fill out your application you have the opportunity to write a personal statement. For some applications it is required and for others it is optional. In this statement, you have a chance to explain your GPA. This is the place to describe any unique challenges or obstacles you might have faced that affected your grades. For example, if you had one semester where you had a health or family problem, you could explain how this affected your GPA. The admissions committee will carefully weigh all of the materials you send them and decide if they can admit you.
  2. Some schools in the state of Colorado offer the Transfer Admissions Guarantee to Colorado community college students who have been conferred with an AA or AS degree (if it is the last school attended) and at least a 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). Some majors are competitive and will have additional admission requirements, so you should contact the school you wish to transfer to or your academic advisor for more information.
You can work with your academic advisor to complete your transfer application. Remember, you can always talk to your advisor or career counselor to talk about a number of major and career paths that would be a good fit for you.

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What are the tuition and cost differences at the 4-yr schools?

Tuition and costs are likely to be higher than what you are used to paying at Aims. You will want to check with the intended school(s) you are looking at transferring. Make sure to fill out your FAFSA by the March 1 priority deadline and apply for scholarships.

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When can I apply for financial aid or will my financial aid transfer to the 4-year school?

The priority deadline for FAFSA is March 1 for the upcoming fall/spring/summer terms. You will want to make sure you apply for financial aid or have your financial aid information sent to the school you will be transferring to make sure it gets processed in time for you to register for classes. If you are looking to transfer in the spring term, be sure to check with the 4-year schoolís financial aid office to see how far in advance they will need your FAFSA information.

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What is COF and how do I apply?

The College Opportunity Trust Fund (COF),is a funding program created by the State of Colorado that provides a portion of your total in-state tuition stipend to eligible undergraduate students at any public or participating private college or university in Colorado. The stipend pays a portion of your total in-state tuition directly to the institution, however, students must apply, be admitted and enroll at a participating institution. Both new and continuing students are eligible for the stipend for eligible undergraduate classes. The stipend is paid on a per credit hour basis and the amount will be set annually by the General Assembly. To apply for COF funds: http://cof.college-assist.org/cofapp/cofapp/default.aspx?pageid=2

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