By knowing you can transfer credits between colleges, you have the ease of mind to take the time you need to:
- Build your skills: If you are unsure of your academic skills, taking a few classes can help you feel comfortable while you build your skills and confidence.
- Explore careers: Try a variety of courses to help you discover and clarify your career interests.
- Save money: Taking individual classes part time allows you to pay "by the credit" so it's a less expensive way to start. Classes at the NH Community Colleges are less expensive than those at four-year colleges, so you can take a number of your required general education courses at a lower cost. Of course, if you are a NH-resident student, you'll get the lowest cost option at any public two- or four-year college you select.
- Stay close to home: Living at home gives you extra time to get ready to live on your own and can save money on room and board.
- Investigate transfer options early. The sooner you explore transfer options, the easier the process will be. Your intended major at a USNH college or participating private institution may determine which general education courses you should take at a CCSNH college. For example, some USNH majors require specific CCSNH math and English prerequisite courses.
- Review degree program requirements.
- Visit participating NH Transfer institutions' websites to check out degree requirements and courses in your intended major. Some participating institutions may require that all or most courses in your degree major be taken at their colleges and universities. Print out pertinent degree and course information to share with your CCSNH academic advisor.
- Consult with an academic advisor.
- Early on, talk with your CCSNH academic advisor about your interest in transferring your credits to a USNH college or a participating private institution to continue your education. Your counselor can help you select appropriate courses and can connect you with an academic advisor at the college you are considering. Check with an academic advisor about the CCSNH courses you should take in preparation for transferring as many credits as possible to your intended program. You can also consult the Transfer Agreements/RTP page to determine which program courses will transfer.
- Plan your course schedule.
- Taking approved CCSNH courses in preparation for continuing your studies at a USNH or private participating college or university will make the credit transfer process much smoother.