Below is a list of frequently asked questions:
A: If a student completes an AA or AS degree at any KCTCS college, any Kentucky public college or university must accept
the general education credits as meeting lower-division general education requirements provided the student’s KCTCS transcript
is certified. This is guaranteed by Kentucky’s General Education Transfer Policy (Agreement) GETA.
A: Kentucky’s Applied Associate Transfer Policy guarantees that the general education courses that students take as part of
an Applied Associate in Science (AAS) degree program will transfer and count toward the lower-division general education
requirements of a four-year transfer school. Students will need to take additional courses (not included in their AAS program)
to complete their requirements.
A: When students have completed 24 college credits at a minimum of a 2.0 GPA.
A: The minimum required GPA required to transfer to a Kentucky public (and most private) colleges and universities is a 2.0.
Many institutions require higher GPAs for specific majors.
A: Students can transfer at any point in their college career; however, students will not be considered a “transfer student” by
most 4-year colleges and universities until they have completed 24 college credits and have a minimum 2.0 GPA.
A: Yes. However, students who want to transfer and who have not completed a minimum of 24 college credit hours will be
obliged to meet freshman application requirements. Along with the application students will have to submit official high school
transcripts, official college transcripts, and ACT/SAT scores.
A: Kentucky’s public (and most private) colleges and universities have course equivalency guides so students can check how
their KCTCS courses will transfer. Students can access course equivalency information on their college website, on the transfer
institution’s website, or from a 4-year transfer advisor.
A: They all mean the same thing, that a partnership exists between a KCTCS college and a four-year college or university
that is spelled out in the specific agreement. With these agreements students at one or more of the KCTCS colleges (depending
on the agreement) are guaranteed their general education, technical, and/or pre-major courses will transfer to a specific
major or program.
A: The best time to apply to transfer is the semester before transfer (e.g., apply in March to attend the fall semester or apply in
October to attend spring semester). Ideally, the best time to apply to transfer is the same semester that students complete their
associate degree. Application deadlines differ at each institution; pay attention to institution deadlines.
A: Most public and private colleges and universities charge transfer students an application fee—usually under $50. Some institutions
will waive the application fee specific reasons (e.g., if students schedule a campus visit, attend the institution’s transfer fair, or
prove financial hardship).
A: Yes. Kentucky’s public (and most private) colleges and universities offer scholarships for transfer students. Information about these
scholarships is available on the institution’s website, the KCTCS transfer webpage, and from the 4-year and KCTCS transfer advisors.
A: Yes. Many of Kentucky’s public and private colleges and universities offer special scholarships for Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)
members who transfer to those institutions. For information about which 4-year institutions award PTK scholarships, students can
go to the PTK collegefish.org website, check on the institution’s website, or ask a PTK advisor or KCTCS transfer advisor.
A: Students may request their transcripts (usually in person or online) from the admissions and records office at their home
college or university. Students should expect to pay a small fee to process each transcript request. Students can request that
transcripts be sent to another college or university.
A: Students should request their transcript be sent to the 4-year institution at the time they complete their transfer application.
The transfer institution will make an admission decision based on the coursework already completed (often pending successful
completion of current coursework). Students should then submit a final transcript once the semester coursework is completed.
A: All colleges and universities require prospective transfer students to submit official transcripts from each 2- and 4-year institution
students have attended. An official transcript is one that is authorized by a college or university admissions and records office.
A: A for-profit college or university (also known as a proprietary college or university) is a post-secondary institution that is
operated as a business and dependent on fees from each student who enrolls. For-profit institutions are accredited by national
accrediting agencies such as the American Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Many regionally accredited
schools will not accept transfer credits earned at a nationally accredited school.