Transfer Checklist

Quick Links: Plan | Apply | Admitted | Complete


3-4 semesters before you wish to transfer

Explore majors.

If you don’t know what you’d like to major in, you should work with your academic advisor to start exploring your options. The sooner you decide on your major and where you want to pursue it, the sooner you can start following the appropriate mapped pathway.

Talk to your advisor & choose your transfer pathway.

The earlier you meet with your advisor, the more likely you will be able to take the right courses for transfer, and the less likely you will be to take courses that will not transfer.

Research schools

Your academic advisor can help you:


1 semester before you wish to transfer

Check in with your academic advisor.

Before you apply, review the application process with your advisor to make sure that you are ready to transfer.

Apply for admission.

Check with the institution you are applying to for application deadlines. Most campuses require students to submit the MassTransfer application by March for Fall entrance and October for Spring entrance.

Request your transcripts.

Be sure to request one official transcript from the registrar’s office of each institution you have ever attended.

Apply for Financial Aid.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and apply for additional scholarships and grants. Visit your school’s financial aid office and use websites like the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance and Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority to learn more about your financial aid options.

Once You Are Admitted

Make sure you understand your admission.

Check in with the Registrar's Office at your new institution. Find out:

Check on financial aid.

Contact the financial aid office at your new institution:

Sign up for classes.

Check in with the Admission Office at your new institution:

Continue Your Pathway to Completion

After you’re settled at your State U or UMass campus

Get started on your bachelor’s.

Connect with your academic advisor early and often. You should meet with your advisor once every semester:

Reverse Transfer

Didn't complete your associate degree with a MassTransfer A2B Pathway? That’s okay! Through Reverse Transfer, students who made progress toward an associate degree prior to transferring may apply credit earned at a four-year institution back to their community college to complete the associate degree requirements.