Transfer From a College of DCCCD

If you want to transfer from North Lake College to a four-year college or university, the key to success — and minimizing stress — is planning ahead. Follow these basic steps to stay on track and achieve your transfer goals.

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1. Choose the right degree plan.

North Lake College offers three main types of degrees:

If you know when you enroll at one of our colleges that you want to transfer, selecting the Associate in Arts/Associate in Sciences degree (or the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree, if you plan to become a teacher) can help you get the most value from your course work here.

If you know what kind of work you want to do in the future — and the college major that will help you achieve that goal — that's even better. Often, you can take prerequisites (courses that are required for your major) while you are still at a DCCCD college. Field of Study and Emphasis degrees, which you can complete in addition to an A.A./A.S. or A.A.T., include prerequisites for majors such as Art, Business or Engineering, to name a few.

Your academic advisor is an important partner who can help you explore college majors, select the right degree plan to meet your needs and choose courses that will transfer.

2. Research colleges and universities.

About a year before you plan to transfer (or when you're within 24 credit hours of completing your degree), you'll need to begin finding answers to some important questions, such as:

  • What school is right for me?
  • Which schools offer my major?
  • How will I pay for it?

The Transfer Services Resources page features information that may help you find the answers. Be sure to check out the transfer pathways as well.

Visiting colleges and universities you might want to attend is an important part of the planning process, too. Our transfer timeline offers advice on when to make these visits and complete the other steps in the transfer process.

3. Complete the application process on time.

Usually you'll need to submit your applications for scholarships, financial aid and admission to your top three choices between November and February. Every institution has different deadlines, so be sure to look up the specific deadlines for your top choices so you can give yourself plenty of time to apply. (You can use the links on our Resources page to research application deadlines.)

Did you know that university scholarship applications usually are due before admission applications? Keep in mind that some scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applying early may improve your chances.

4. Understand excessive hours.

Students should take care when selecting additional courses to be transferred toward a baccalaureate degree. House Bill 1172 allows an institution to charge the equivalent of out-of-state tuition for credit hours taken beyond the state limits. State limits are:

For students entering public Texas institutions Fall 1999 - Summer 2006 who attempt 45 hours beyond what is required for a baccalaureate degree (120 hours). For students entering Fall 2006 and thereafter who attempt 30 hours beyond the hours required for a baccalaureate degree. It is recommended that students take minimal hours beyond degree requirements to avoid possible higher tuition charges at the institution to which they are transferring.

Have questions?

Contact an academic advisor at your college. They'll be happy to assist you.